Eversfield Advances Environmental Impact Plan with electric E-Transit minibus

Investment marks a significant milestone in the school’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability within the community.   

Eversfield, Solihull's leading preparatory school, has announced its latest green initiative: the acquisition of a new 15-seat fully electric E-Transit minibus. This investment marks a significant milestone in the school’s environmental plan aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability within the community.

The new electric minibus, which features advanced zero-emission performance, will be used for transporting students and supporting school activities. With plans to replace all three vehicles in the student transportation fleet, the school aims to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment.

“At Eversfield Preparatory School we are dedicated to not only providing an excellent education but also fostering a sense of responsibility towards our planet,” said Robert Yates, Headmaster. “This new electric minibus is an integral part of our environmental impact plan, which includes reducing our carbon footprint, implementing green initiatives, and educating our students about sustainable practices.”

This latest eco-friendly addition aligns with the school’s broader environmental strategy which includes:

• Waste Reduction Programmes: Robust recycling programmes across the school site minimise landfill waste and promote the responsible disposal of materials.

• Green Energy Usage: An advanced solar panel installation reduces reliance on non-renewable energy sources and lowers overall energy costs.

• LED Lighting: Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the school significantly reduces energy consumption and operational costs.

• Eco-Friendly Cleaning Materials: Adopting the use of environmentally safe cleaning products ensures a healthy, non-toxic environment for students and staff.

• Environmental Education: Integrating sustainability into the curriculum to educate students about the importance of protecting the environment and steps they can take to support change.

• Textile Recycling Programmes: Pupils, parents and staff donate outgrown or no longer needed uniforms and clothing items which are sorted and sold or recycled responsibly.

• Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Utilising battery-powered garden tools eliminates carbon emissions and reduces noise pollution, and sustainable gardening practices are used including water harvesting to maintain school grounds.

• Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recycling: Redundant IT, telecommunications and electrical equipment are recycled to prevent hazardous materials polluting the environment and promote the reuse of valuable and recoverable materials.

“The electric minibus represents our ongoing journey towards a greener future,” added Mr Yates. “Through leading by example, we hope to create a ripple effect that encourages broader adoption of sustainable practices within our wider community.”