London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 08, 2009 -- The Scottish government has announced plans to place renewable energy and energy efficiency top of the priority list for the country`s education facilities. Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning, has unveiled a package of new policies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Scottish schools.
Under the new scheme, the government will fund two renewable development officers to promote the use of green technologies at school facilities. Ms Hyslop praised Sanderson`s Wynd Primary school in Tranent for its introduction of smart lighting, as well as solar panels and a windmill, which is `leading the way in sustainable schools`.
A web portal will be created to provide schools with advice on environmentally-friendly technology and local authorities will be offered instruction from a carbon consultant. According to the Improving the School Estate report published by Audit Scotland in March 2008, local authorities need to play a greater role in ensuring environmental sustainability in schools.