Schools: 25
Students: 482
Location: Greater London
Partners Thames Water 

The Challenge

Thames Water supplies water to all households and businesses in London, and were keen to engage students in local primary and secondary schools on water sustainability issues to encourage better water use.

How we helped

H2O Heroes gets students taking action to save water at school and in their local communities by leading their own behaviour change campaigns.  We run workshops with students to get them thinking about how sustainable our water supply is. This empowers them to create and lead a behaviour change intervention of their own.  

Talking to their peers, teachers and family members helps students spot the ways that people waste water, such as showering for longer than five minutes. They then put together an action plan to challenge this behaviour, and engage people from the school community along the way.

Students have got creative, seized the initiative, and produced some excellent campaigns. Posters, stalls, skits, videos, songs and water-themed board games are just some of ways they're encouraging their audience to join the H2O Heroes mission. One school ran a ‘H2O Heroes Day’ engaging with over 500 pupils and collecting 700 pledges from parents and teachers. Another school went to their local church to talk about global water issues and encourage better water behaviours.

Participating schools also get a water audit and up to £500 worth of free water efficiency devices installed on the spot, too.

Celebrating Success

After their water saving campaigns, all of the fantastic participants come together in a Celebration Event at London’s City Hall. Here they showcase their campaign work and an overall winner is chosen by our panel of distinguished judges. Certificates of excellence are also awarded to schools alongside the overall H2O Heroes prize.

2015 winner: Newstead Wood Girls’ School, Bromley
2016 winner: Alexander McLeod Primary School, Greenwich

Our impact

    • 25 Schools
    • 482 students trained
    • 795,000litres of water saved
    • 5 tonnes of CO2e saved

It’s great that it’s focused on kids. We can find out more and then carry on the positive actions when we’re grown-ups.

Student, Haberdasher’s Aske’s Federation Hatcham College

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