An increasing number of schools give greater priority to environmental education and the development of the spirit of sustainable development.

This is in line with what children and young people want. A recent survey on the mental health of children and young people reported issues of concern to respondents. Among the most reported problems was climate change. Show your students that as a school, you share their commitment to the environment and work to become a greener school.

April 22and there is Earth Day. This is the perfect opportunity to see what your school is already doing to protect the planet, and to think about what else you can do.

10 ways to become a greener school

  • Nurture a culture of recycling

A one-time lesson on what it means to “cut, reuse and recycle” is simply not enough! Students need to delve into a culture of recycling to reflect on how our day-to-day decisions have an impact on the environment, becoming second nature.

Does your school buy recycled products such as paper? Does your school recycle as much waste as possible? This includes paper, plastic, batteries and food waste. Are there enough parties to recycle at school and do students know what can be recycled?

  • Teach the environment, climate change and the carbon footprint

Do you cover environmental education in your PSHE program (personal, social and medical education) and citizenship education? Can you use broader curricula such as science, geography, art and English to teach environmental issues? Once students are well aware of the problems, they will be better able to make decisions and take actions that have a positive impact on the environment.

An eco-club is a fantastic way to engage students in immediate environmental issues and help them see that they can have a real impact on the planet. Activities in which students may participate include: initiating environmental habits in daily school life; fundraising for environmental charities; leading assemblies on environmental issues; running a school fair at a school fair; and entering information on the school website.

  • Adopt more environmentally friendly procurement methods

42% of carbon emissions in the school sector come from procurement – purchasing decisions made by the school. This is almost 1% of total carbon emissions in the UK.

Your school can focus on its activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, it is equally important to consider the school supply chain. Monitoring of carbon emissions breaks down the “carbon cost” of each element so you can report (and use data to make decisions) about the carbon emissions in your supply chain.

Gardening, forest school classes, out-of-school extracurricular activities, school trips and outdoor curriculum lessons, where possible, help students connect with – and appreciate – their natural environment. Think of “green” zones that can be created on school grounds. You can even try to bring a little more outdoors by bringing plants into classrooms and hallways.

A significant part of an environmentally friendly school is a reduction in energy consumption. Posters can be used to remind staff and students to turn off lights and appliances when not in use. If you want to upgrade your appliances, look for the most energy efficient ones to reduce your electricity and water costs. Perhaps you should also consider switching to LED lamps as more energy efficient lighting.

  • Encourage to cut disposable plastic

Do staff and students have drinks in plastic bottles? Everyone in the school community can be encouraged to drink from reusable bottles and use lunch boxes instead of plastic bags / sandwich bags.

  • Encourage going to school

Are there any schemes in your school or local community to encourage students to go to school? Does the school have facilities to support children and young people who come by bicycle or scooter? Schools may consider working with parents / guardians to make walking or cycling to school a more profitable option.

  • Support recycling clothes

Many families really appreciate schools that offer favorite school uniform items. Pupils often grow so fast and items of clothing (school clothes or other) can be resold at a very reasonable price to raise some money for school funds. In addition, your favorite clothes can be collected at a clothing recycling station, which should not take up much space. The clothes can then be donated to a local charity.

  • Talk to the wider school community

Extend support, advice and information on environmental issues, sustainability and the steps we can all take to take care of our planet to the wider community. Involve families in “green” initiatives that can even be presented as challenges or competitions. Schools can also dedicate a section of their website and newsletters to environmentally friendly “top tips”.

That way, you won’t be able to turn the whole school upside down on Earth Day 22and April, but why not use this day as the perfect occasion to move on to more environmental practitioners? Start small and then tell the school community what you are doing. All schools can be an example when it comes to saving the planet!

Rory Coleman-Smith

Rory uses technology to automate processes in his home, ranging from lights, chicken coop doors and even warned when the oil side is low (he lives in sticks!). This automation allows him to spend time on what really matters, and that’s for Rory his wife, dog and chickens.

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