A brief history of the E.Y.E. Project
(Eco, Young and Engaged)
The E.Y.E. Project was established in 2008 by Tim Loughton, M.P. for East Worthing and Adur. His aim was to bring local schools together to focus on the importance of caring for our planet and to provide an additional opportunity for the young people within those schools to learn about environmental matters through the fun and educational activities available at the Eco-Summit events. The Eco-Summit events also provide an opportunity for schools to share the ‘green’ work that they themselves undertake each year.
The first Eco-Summit event, held at Worthing Town Hall in 2008, involved the creation of the ‘Green Charter’. This included 25 principles many of which can help schools to lessen their impact on the planet. This has since been updated following consultation with our Member schools, and the latest Charter was approved and adopted at the 8th Worthing & Adur Eco Summit in July 2015. You can find the Charter on the membership page of this website.
Over the years, the Worthing and Adur E.Y.E. Project network grew across the Worthing & Adur area, then expanded into Arun, and then most recently into Chichester and surrounding areas. We now regularly communicate with around eighty local schools in these areas, across primary and secondary age ranges. From Spring 2017 all West Sussex schools will be invited to become E.Y.E. Project members.
The E.Y.E. Project is now led by a committee although Tim Loughton is still very much involved and stands as patron of the E.Y.E. Project. The Project is also sponsored by The Southern Co-operative and we are grateful for their support.
As well as arranging annual Eco-Summits the E.Y.E. Project arranges termly Networking sessions for school eco leads; produces relevant articles promoting local initiatives and schemes to help make schools more sustainable; and issues regular e-newsletters to schools sharing news and information on ECO issues.
E.Y.E Project Membership
A new membership scheme was launched in March 2017. Membership provides additional benefits and services from the E.Y.E Project and this is now a one off nominal joining fee. For further details please visit the Membership page.
The E.Y.E Project is sponsored by the Southern Co-operative.
"The Southern Co-operative is committed to safeguarding the environment in which we all live and work. Rather than offset our emissions by buying carbon credits that support environmental projects abroad, we invest in projects within the communities in which we trade (across the south of England). The EYE Project is an innovative and dynamic approach to engaging young people in a fun, informative and hands-on way, and The Southern Co-operative is proud to support this. We strongly believe that by supporting local projects - such as the E.Y.E Project - with not only funding, but also with practical help, advice and co-operation, we can help people of all ages to make a real difference to the environment." - The Southern Co-operative