A guide to lowering the carbon footprint of your school – the building, its food, and waste – and improving the curriculum. From the Ecologist , part of the Guardian Environment Network
With the carbon footprint of English schools already tipping
9.4m tonnes CO2
, many campaigns to “green” schools are already underway. But reducing carbon is not the only goal. School buildings, food, waste – even school curriculum should all support a connection to, and appreciation for, the environment.
The success stories so far prove that in many cases it is down to one or two dedicated teachers, parents or students to make a positive difference.
Food for Life Partnership
is a network of communities across England committed to transforming food culture, one school at a time. Led by the Soil Association, the Food for Life Partnership website includes information on how to get involved, case studies, FoodTube short films, events and more.
Better Nursery Food Now
campaign, led by the Soil Association and Organix, calls on the government to put in place clear rules to ensure high quality food is served in all nurseries. It includes a
where dissatisfied parents and nursery workers can post their experiences.
Garden Organic for Schools
project, launched in 2000, now includes over 5,000 schools across the UK, and offers practical organic gardening advice, a quarterly newsletter, curriculum-based resources and free seeds.
Merton Parents for Better Food in Schools
was a response to “terrible schools meals across the borough”. To date, the campaign has won £450,000 from the council to refurbish primary school kitchens to cook fresh food on site and set up a twinning scheme with a nearby farm.
School Food Matters
website includes best practice case studies from around the country and ideas to get children cooking and growing and out onto a farm.
Carbon Detectives’ Kit
allows schools to work out their carbon footprint and compare them to other schools.
programme encourages schools to make energy reductions of 10% on average and develop a better understanding of how energy and water is used within their buildings.
Greening the school run
Walk to School
movement, run by the charity Living Streets, encourages children and parents to leave the car at home when it comes to the school run. Its annual walk-to-school month has inspired over two million primary school-aged children to take part in activities.
director, Zac Goldsmith, teamed up with students at Shene School to produce a
for their successful campaign for a dedicated school bus.
The Department for Transport has produced a
safer journey to school guide
to promote and increase the use of sustainable modes of transport for school journeys.
School activities and education initiatives
Roots & Shoots
is the Jane Goodall Institute’s Education Programme for young people. Its Mission Possible programme is a set of student and teacher resources for learning about, and improving, local environments.
is a climate change activity kit for schools from CABE, the government’s independent adviser on architecture, urban design and public space.
is an environmental education project linking nearly 600 schools in the UK, which help measure the standard of the local environment at their school and compare it with others.
Cool it Schools
, a global online climate change and environmental showcase, has just launched Writing the World, a poetry-writing competition for young people judged by poet Sue Hubbard. An
describes how it aims to inspire students to act.
is an international award programme that guides schools through a seven-step process to help them address a variety of environmental issues, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity. Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.
provides curriculum activities focused on unravelling the complexity of climate change and environmental issues for lower secondary and upper primary students (10-14 years old).
Footprint Friends launched the
Wipe Out Waste (WOW) Awards
, calling on students to present their ideas for reducing waste. A panel of green “dragons” judge finalists’ ideas, and the winning team will be asked to put their WOW idea into action. The 2009 winning idea was “stop throwing away perfectly good pencils” from students at Canon Burrows CE Primary School.
An education pack from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explains how to run a
whole school litter campaign
describes how Leeds University Student Union banned the sale of bottled water on campus.
Field Studies Council
, an environmental charity, is looking for schools to be involved in its European wildlife survey project which will monitor six common tree species and compare results from all over Europe on the
The Earth Restoration Service’s
School Tree Nurseries Programme
is a tree-planting project with schools to restore local degraded habitats. In Lewes, East Sussex, for example, trees have been planted on flood plains in the hope that they will help to alleviate future flooding.
The National Forest’s
Forest for All Project
involves children and teachers in learning about bugs and bats, tracks and trails and habitats.
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