The challenge explored what design could do to reduce our ecological footprint. Dott worked with schools across Cornwall in the challenge, the winner of the Challenge was St Ives School.

This challenge asked Year 8 pupils in Cornwall: ‘What is the size of your school’s ecological footprint and how could design make it smaller?’ Students across the county calculated the carbon footprint of their schools using a custom designed interactive calculator and came up with design solutions to reduce it. As well as studying different aspects of school life, participants also looked at the impact of journeys to and from school, school meals, water use and waste disposal. Leap led the Design Council commissioned project which aimed to encourage creative thinking, raise environmental awareness and throw innovative ideas into the way we approach a more sustainable future. Working with 34 schools, hundreds of pupils, teachers, partner organisations and mentors around the county.

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