Green Educational Infrastructure & Practices

Courtesy: Saint Christopher's Parish & School (Flickr)
Courtesy: Saint Christopher’s Parish & School (Flickr)

All of our educational institutions have an important role to play in reducing our negative impact on the planet. As well as being providers of education about sustainability, our local schools and colleges can be greener in terms of their infrastructure and in how they are run. Examples of more environmentally friendly approaches include:
– green procurement by schools and colleges. This is about a school or college choosing to buy the greenest product or service on the market (such as opting for recycled paper over non-recycled paper).
– insisting that all new school or campus buildings, extensions and renovations are low energy and sustainable.
– encouraging small-scale projects that promote sustainability on the school grounds or college campus such as building a straw bale bike shelter or a cob outdoor-performance space, etc.
– schools offering allotment spaces in exchange for surplus vegetables and training pupils in gardening
– offering the use of school buildings or rooms after school hours to local community groups (for evening classes, etc.)