If the media is anything to go by, the young are taking a pivotal role in protesting about climate change at the moment. There is a lot that organisations like schools can do to make themselves a lot greener and it doesn’t need to be difficult to implement.
Here are our top tips for boosting your school’s green credentials:
- Have a Green Policy
Businesses and organisations are encouraged nowadays to have a green policy. These include set processes for cutting down waste, recycling, saving energy and water and a whole host of green activities. It’s more than just a box-ticking policy, of course. These changes to the way we operate can make a huge difference when considered collectively.
If you already have a green policy in place, you need to review it at regular intervals and update it as new information or new technology comes to light. Is it time to ban single-use plastics? Has recycling in your local community changed? Is there more you can be doing?
Make sure that staff and pupils understand your green policy and what it is set to achieve – celebrate your successes and get pupil input to make things better.
- Cut Down Administrative Waste
The first place to start cutting down on waste is in the way your school is run. That can include using less paper, swapping old machines for new, more energy efficient ones, and even taking on new technology such as school apps to get information across to parents and pupils Every administrative or teaching activity should be looked at from a viewpoint of how eco-friendly it is.
- Be Energy Efficient
Switch off the lights and turn off tech that’s not in use. It sounds easy but there are many schools that don’t do this at all. Another option is to turn the heating down by a degree to save on gas bills.
All the energy efficiency measures you can do in the home, work just as well in a school even though it’s on a bigger scale. Making sure doors are kept closed during winter and insulation is up to date can all make a difference to your carbon emissions.
- Build Sustainable Classrooms
If your school is now looking to add extra classroom space, there’s some pretty good news. You can buy modular classrooms that are easy to install in just a few weeks and which come with some pretty good green credentials. With high levels of insulation and made from sustainably sourced timber, modular classrooms are the perfect way to make sure your pupils get the facilities they deserve without damaging the planet. Talk to us today about making this a reality.
- Sort Out Your Recycling
Recycling is complex and often frustrating area of going green. What can be recycled? What can’t? It’s important to liaise with your local council so that you can ensure everything you send to the recycling depot can actually be recycled. This is an area you should constantly review and try to discourage or avoid things like single-use plastics.
- Give Lessons in Sustainability
Kids know a lot about being green as most have now grown up with the idea. Giving lessons on sustainability and the threat our planet faces means our future leaders and game changers are even more knowledgeable about the challenges ahead.
- Be a Green Pillar of the Community
It’s not just pupils your school needs to be engaging with either. Getting your eco-friendly message out to the rest of the community, including parents, also makes a big difference. Rather than being a follower, your school can set the agenda for sustainability and change habits that help us reduce our impact on the environment and reverse climate change.