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Young People's Trust for the Environment

Young People's Trust for the Environment (YPTE) is a British charity founded in 1982, to encourage young people's understanding of the environment. The charity's main goal is to give young people a real awareness of environmental issues[1] such as climate change, pollution, deforestation and endangered flora & fauna. It also aims to provide views to take into account the realities of the modern world. Sustainable development and industry with less impact.[2]

Young People's Trust for the Environment (YPTE)
Logo, Young People's Trust for the Environment.png
Registration no.1153740 (England and Wales)
FocusEducation, children, environment
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Peter Littlewood, Trust Director
Formerly called
The Young People's Trust for the Environment & Nature Conservation.



YPTE offers free learning resources via their website to assist teachers in educating young people about the environment and sustainability.[3]

YPTE provide free school talks to schools on environmental issues.[4]

The trust has given various Parliamentary Receptions at the House of Commons in London, providing the opportunity for Members of Parliament to meet young people involved in the trust's work.[5][6]

In 2011 the trust launched the ‘Roots to Green Living’ campaign. The scheme provided eight schools in the Bristol/Bath and NE Somerset area with regular support from a YPTE Education Officer, who worked with them over the course of three years to develop environmental education opportunities within the school grounds and help to embed environmental learning into the schools’ curricula.[7]


The YPTE run various awards[8] for schools to enter and compete for prizes.

The Total Green School AwardsEdit

The annual Total Green School Awards are an award for excellence in environmental education. Open to primary schools in England, Scotland and Wales.[9] sponsored by Total. It involves over 45,000[10] children and offers the chance for primary schools to win £5,000.[11] The awards are given to schools that have a created an outstanding educational piece of work about the environment.[12]

In 2011, Total Gas & Power won the 'Community Initiative of the Year' award at the Utility Industry Achievement Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, for their involvement in the Total Green School Award.[13]

The National Award Ceremony for 2013 was held at the Science Museum in London on 20 June 2013. Normanton on Soar Primary School were named UK champions and were presented with their prize by The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP and BBC celebrity Darregh Mortell.[14]

Winners by yearEdit

The Total Green School Awards have been running since 2007. As well as the overall champions (listed below) each year recognises a regional champion from one of the four UK regions and the four winning schools in each region.[15]

Year Winning School Winning Entry
2014 Ollaberry Primary School - Ollaberry, Shetland Tommy Turtle's Terrible Day
2013 Normanton on Soar Primary School - Normanton on Soar NOS and Africa get creative!
2012 English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School - Long Eaton From Long Eaton to Japan
2011 Castle Park Primary School - Caldicot Madagascar
2010 Pilling St John's CE Primary School - Pilling, Preston The Pilling Coral Reef
2009 Lutley Primary School - Halesowen Our Super School Grounds
2008 Banchory Primary School - Aberdeenshire Bags in Banchory
2007 Pilling St John's CE Primary School - Pilling, Lancashire Power and Potatoes

Have Your Say on SustainabilityEdit

The Have Your Say on Sustainability award,[16] is an Environmental film-making competition. In partnership with Eurostar[17] the competition invites 11- to 18-year-olds to create a short video clip sharing their views on the environment. Five winners travel to the European Parliament in Brussels to air their views in front of an audience of MEPs.[17] they also receive vouchers worth £250 for their school to spend on technological equipment. The overall winner wins a three-day stay for four at Disneyland Paris.[18]

BT Young Naturalist of the Year AwardsEdit

From 1993 to 1997 YPTE ran the Young Naturalist of the Year Awards in conjunction with BT to encourage children aged 8–13 to carry out research on anything from insects to elephants, nature trails to rain forests and acid rain to global warming. Winners received a dolphin trophy and £500 for their school.[19]


YPTE is largely dependent on funding from corporates and grant-making trusts.[20] Past and present sponsors include:

Notable trustees, patrons, and supportersEdit


External linksEdit

  • YPTE's Official website
  • Total Green School Awards Official website
  • Have Your Say on Sustainability Official website
  • Charity Commission. Young People's Trust for the Environment, registered charity no. 1153740.