With the carbon footprint of English schools already tipping 9.4m tonnes CO2, many campaigns to "green" schools are already underway. School Food
The 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, Food Tube short films, events and more. The Food for Life Partnership uses food as a way to improve the whole school experience – making lunchtimes a positive feature of the day and enriching classroom learning with farm visits and practical cooking and growing. Schools joined on the programme are growing their own food; organising trips to farms; sourcing food from local bakers, butchers and farmers; setting up school farmers’ markets; holding community food events; providing cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; and serving freshly prepared, locally sourced meals that follow a rigorous Food for Life Catering Mark. Foods for Life Partnership schools are embedding food education into their curriculum, and a focus on ‘pupil voice’ means pupils take ownership and decide their own priorities. The Partnership is about bringing people together – teachers, pupils, families, cooks, caterers, farmers and the wider community – to enjoy good, wholesome food and change food culture in England significantly. The 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. Energy
The Carbon Detectives' Kit allows schools to work out their carbon footprint and compare them to other schools. Their aims are to link schools and pupils across Europe to help slow down the impact of global climate change inspire and empower young people to take practical action to save energy and carbon in school enthuse and support teachers to bring carbon saving to life in the classroom The Sustainable Learning 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
The 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. 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. The Globe Programme 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. Eco-schools 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 symbolizes excellence in the field of environmental activity. Climate Futures provides curriculum activities focused on unraveling the complexity of climate change and environmental issues for lower secondary and upper primary students (10-14 years old). Waste
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. Nature/growing activities
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.
On average, each person in the UK gets through 200 kilograms of paper every year. If you can, try and use both sides of a piece of paper before you throw it away. It's also a good idea to make sure that you are using recycled paper too. If you're in an IT class or the computer room doing some research, think before you print something out. Do you really need a paper copy of what you're looking at? You can also recycle or refill printer cartridges. Talk to a teacher and make sure that your school is not just putting them in the bin when they run out.