Packed full of useful case studies, helpful checklists and practical activities, Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools is an accessible whole-school guide to becoming more sustainable. By reducing water, electricity, oil and gas usage in your school you will not only save your school money, but you will also help to reduce carbon emissions on a large scale.
This eBook is a comprehensive resource that:
encourages schools to tackle the issue of sustainability in a creative and cost-effective manner
helps your school to save money
provides practical and relevant case studies to develop sustainable practices in your school
supports the development of understanding surrounding the issue of sustainability
raises awareness of the issues of sustainability among your staff, pupils, parents and the wider community.
Summary of contents
Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools outlines how sustainability is not just good for the planet and the future of the children who are learning in your school, but also how it can be good for your school budget. This handy guide can be used by all primary schools, including those who are just starting out and those who are already well into implementing sustainable practice in their school. A highly practical and accessible resource, Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools is a one stop resource for sustainability information and best practice.
Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools will enable you to:
audit sustainability and cost-effectiveness in your school
develop cost-effective sustainable practices
save money on utilities
create exciting sustainability learning projects at minimal cost
encourage your pupils to develop an interest in sustainability
find sources of funding for sustainability projects
find organisations and resources to help your school become more sustainable
implement a whole-school approach to sustainability.
The aim of this book is to help you to enhance and develop sustainable practices across your school using cost-effective methods and resources.
What is sustainability?
What are sustainable schools?
Why sustainable schools are important
Why sustainability is cost effective
Who this book is aimed at
A word on structure
How to use this book
Section one – Leading your sustainable school
Each school will delegate the task of managing their sustainability initiatives to a different person. It might be the headteacher or a class teacher. It might be a teaching assistant or the administrative officer. Whoever is taking the lead in your school, they will find all the guidance they need to get started and keep going in this section.
Who is responsible?
You are responsible
Auditing your current cost-effectiveness
Action planning for cost-effective sustainability
Monitoring and assessing your progress
Celebrating your success
Leading your sustainable school checklist
Section two – The eight doorways of sustainability
Each of the eight chapters is based on a ‘sustainability doorway’, each presented in a standard format with the following headings (using ‘Food and drink’ as an example):
- Food and drink overview, planning and resourcing
- Food and drink in your curriculum
- Food and drink on your campus
- Food and drink in your community
- A case study of good practice in food and drink
- Food and drink summary
In the summary of each section there is a handy checklist to help you get into action and a short piece called carbon context, which tells you how this area will help your school reduce its carbon emissions. Another section titled Future School speculates how this issue may be addressed by schools in a more sustainable future.
Food and drink
Energy and water
Travel and traffic
Purchasing and waste
Buildings and grounds
Inclusion and participation
Appendix One: Resources
You won’t be able to make your school sustainable on your own. You don’t need to. There are a wealth of resources – such as books and websites – out there that you can draw on for inspiration and practical advice. There are also a wide range of organisations who will give you support and encouragement, as well as many companies providing the equipment you will need.
Appendix Two: Grants
There is also some money available. In this appendix you will find details of trusts and other organisations that fund sustainable projects.