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Edinburgh Airport helps local schools to do their bit for the environment

04 March 2009

Edinburgh Airport has announced a new partnership, which will see five Edinburgh primary schools taking part in an eco project that will see them plant hundreds of trees across Central Scotland in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Tree Amigos project is designed to educate primary school children about the environment, carbon offsetting and climate change, and is the brainchild of Carbon Offset Scotland, an Edinburgh based company committed to helping businesses, organisations and individuals calculate, reduce and offset their carbon footprints.

Edinburgh Airport has donated £7,100 toward the cost of the project.

Five schools – Ratho, Hillwood, Kirkliston, Clermiston, and Cramond – will each plant 50 trees to help reduce their carbon footprints.

With the help of The Tree Amigos, the schools will build up a portfolio of information as they work through various mini-projects that will teach them about the environment and wildlife habitats.

Becky Stevenson, teacher at Clermiston Primary School, said "The children are loving the project and are having lots of fun working together in teams – and their knowledge has already increased dramatically. They are also creating a classroom and corridor display for the other classes to see. It really has gone well beyond the classroom and my class is really proud to be taking part."

Angus Crabbie of Carbon Offset Scotland said: "We see education as being of paramount importance within our industry and thanks to the support of BAA Communities Trust, The Tree Amigos have been brought to life. The project was designed to be educational and fun, and we also hope to learn something about how children view the environment and the problems associated with climate change."

Gordon Dewar, managing director, BAA Edinburgh said: "We are delighted to support this imaginative project. The children involved have shown great enthusiasm for the project and will hopefully will learn valuable life lessons about the environment as a result. It’s a great example of how we can all play a part, however small, in safeguarding the natural environment. Edinburgh Airport is committed to playing its part in addressing climate change, both locally and at an industry level. Independent studies show that aviation accounts for less than 2% of global emissions. Nevertheless, BAA has been at the forefront of efforts to develop a European emissions trading scheme. Locally, our new £40 million departure lounge extension will promote the use of energy efficient lights, and every effort will be made to reduce energy and water use, minimise waste and promote recycling."