Our people

EcoACTIVE are experienced environmental educators. Our team are passionate and knowledgeable about the environmental issues our plant is faced with, and we believe that an important part of solving these problems lies with educating young people – activity-based education for sustainable living.

Our funders

EcoACTIVE is fortunate to be able many of its services fully funded to schools and community groups. Currently we receive generous funding from London Borough of Hackney, City Bridge Trust, Hackney Main Grants, North London Waste Authority, Sanctuary Housing, Capital Clean-Up, PACT and the University of East London. Thank you funders!

Our history

EcoACTIVE can trace its roots back to the Hackney Environmental Education Project (HEEP), which operated from 1984-94.  There Prue Poulton worked with HEEP founder-member, Gillian Symons, to develop the unique combination of urban studies, environmental education and active learning which is still today at the heart of the ecoACTIVE approach.

Prue went on to work at the Rubbish Dump in 1995, an interactive learning centre which was part of Hackney Community Transport (HCT).  She worked as Hackney Environmentalist-in-Residence from 1997-99 and then returned to manage the Rubbish Dump which re-launched as ecoACTIVE in 1999.  EcoACTIVE then became independent of HCT in 2002 and registered as a charity in 2008.

Our achievements

HEEP, and later ecoACTIVE, has over the years produced many well-received publications including EcoSchool (WWF), People and Communities (WWF), Urban Environments (A&C Black), Refuse, Re-use, Recycle or Throw Away (Waste Not Recycling), Too Good to Bin (Rubbish Dump) and Fact Pack Waste and Recycling (Hackney Recycling).

We acquired our signature electric vehicle, Shirley, in 2003 and adapted her as a mobile interactive environmental exhibition.  After many outings to schools and community events promoting our message Shirley was recycled in 2008. EcoACTIVE’s work has in recent years expanded to nearby boroughs including Islington, Haringey, Camden, Tower Hamlets and Enfield, and has also moved from primary into secondary schools – and we’re fairly certain that we’ve worked with every school in Hackney!

We are now also working with social housing providers and with parents’ groups through children’s centres. Today we provide educational services on diverse topics including carbon footprints, energy, waste and recycling, biodiversity and habitats, food, school grounds development, fuel poverty and composting, to name but a few.


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