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Race to Zero: ACL Essex invests in sustainable technology

ACL Essex / Fri 25th Nov 2022 am30 07:48am

ADULT learning provider, ACL Essex, is investing in new sustainable technology as part of its commitment to the global UNFCCC ‘Race to Zero’ campaign.

The adult education provider is not only embedding sustainable courses into its curriculum and continuing to look at new ways to relate course subject matter to real world topics, but is also investing heavily into new technology that will ensure sustainable growth.

At the forefront of the learning provider’s movement towards sustainable learning, ACL Essex Witham has seen £300k investment in environmentally friendly power. The new equipment includes 107 Solarwatt Classic panels, a new Daikin air source heat pump unit and new LED lighting. Since the new technology was installed in April 2022, the site has saved £6,000.

Also part of the movement towards a sustainable curriculum, ACL Essex is introducing hybrid classrooms across its centres, where learners can log in to a variety of courses from home or at work. Those who feel they benefit more from a classroom setting can journey to the centres, but courses are now more accessible for those who cannot get to a centre, as well as reducing the amount of pollution it takes to get to a centre for some learners.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “It is part of ACL Essex’s mission to embed sustainability into the curriculum as well as the community. Those who prefer in-person interaction can head to a centre, but it’s great that ACL Essex is making it easier for those who can only attend courses online.”

He continued: “ACL Essex is investing heavily into sustainable technology, and by making these changes, it not only benefits the environment with reduced running costs, but also helps provide the very best experience for their learners.”

Adding to the learning provider’s technology and sustainable transformation, Skills Hubs are going to be introduced at various locations across Essex, including ACL Essex centres and libraries. These purpose-built rooms will allow individuals to access technology, complete online courses and initial assessments, and improve their digital skills. A facilitator will be available with any technical difficulties or questions that may arise.

To discover more about ACL Essex’s commitment to sustainability and the steps they are taking, visit www.aclessex.com/sustainability.

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