Making Sense of Sustainability?. National Governors Association Conference Birmingham 2007 Stan M Terry Heads Teachers and Industry [HTI]. Sustainable Schools. Being part of the solution rather than the problem. Governors need to ensure their schools are addressing this issue NOW .
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National Governors Association Conference
Stan M Terry
Heads Teachers and Industry [HTI]
Being part of the solution rather than the problem.
Governors need to ensure their schools are addressing this issue NOW.
The free services that the Earth provides- air fresh water, disposal of waste, recycling of nutrients, provision of food etc - are being eroded rapidly by humanity's destructive impact on the complex biological network of the planet.
We are living on Earths capital, while destroying the natural systems that are its principal source of income.
Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2002
No 3 planet solution exists!
“Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
Brundtland Commission, 1987
ESD enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things :
that will enhance their quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.
SDC Schools Carbon Footprinting Scoping study 2005.
· Construction materials
· Cleaning materials
· Increasingly large volumes of energy and water
One key aspect is not so much about teaching about the environment, as living the environment.
How many UK schools get anywhere near practicing what they preach in terms of environmental performance?”
Many school management teams suffer the common perception that nothing can be done.
high levels of consumption, larger and growing energy, water and waste bills. Is it inevitable consequence of the Extended Schools agenda. NO!!!!
Schools need to ACT rather than talk.
A significant impact on UK CO2 emissions could be achieved.
Schools could reduce their energy bills by 20 % simply by implementing an environmental monitoring/management programme.
Most schools do little to monitor/ manage their environmental impact.
The impact of all of the tangible goods and services they consume which are directly controlled by the management of the school must be monitored.
If you don’t monitor it you can’t measure it! And without measurement you can’t control it.
Reduce the impact of the mass flows;
e.g paper, energy,water ,construction materials,food;
by introducing efficiency measures or recycling within the school or changing to a less polluting supply e.g local sourcing.
Reductions in emissions can be brought about by improvements in efficiency or changing to a less polluting fuel, e.g green energy source such as a CHP plant or
e.g. Switch to a Green Energy supplier and save the Climate Change Levy on your energy bills. [5% moving to 7%]
Campus values and ways of working
Curriculum teaching provision and learning
Community wider influence and partnerships
ESD is about:
Leadership is about finding and implementing new approaches.
Sustainability in BSF for example begins with finding out what people need and want in a new/refurbished school. A school which does not meet the needs of its community will not be sustainable.
Water: Rainwater collection systems, push taps, efficient cisterns can reduce water consumption by 20%+ Payback is within 3 or less years.
Combined Heat and energy Plant [CHP] or ground source heating installations as well as Solar collection may significantly reduce energy costs. Passive design measures [heating/ventilation, insulation /automatic controls produce Energy savings of 20%+.
Locally sourced food reduces food miles, promotes a healthy lifestyle and supports local producers.
Purchase Fair Trade products. Promote principles of sustainability to students and the community.
Encouraging biodiversity enhances opportunities for learning experiences. e.g. Outdoor Classroom.
Refurbishment or building work is underpinned with principles of sustainability. E.g recycled materials utilised, sustainably sourced materials. Working with businesses who understand the principles.
BEST VALUE does not mean CHEAPEST!
The curriculum provides for the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to help young people live successful lives now and in the future.
A curriculum for the future?
Sustainability is a process.
We co-create the world in everything we do each day.
What you do is less important than startingthe process.
1.What 3 questions should you raise at your next Governors meeting about your schools approach to Sustainability?
2. IF you are to be part of a BSF wave what questions on sustainability should you be asking of the LA?
3.How can you ensure that your school takes Educational for Sustainable Development seriously?