Make the everyday running of your school more sustainable with these tips and resources.

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General Tips

  • Talk about Climate change with your students and teachers. We have plenty of resources in our Learn section
  • See where your school’s heat is escaping by borrowing a thermal imaging camera, children love to use these too, see what Sandringham school did
  • Ecosia – why not switch your school search engines to default to this one that plants trees for every search made.
  • Cut your electricity usage –  Join The Pod, and interactive sustainability website with resources such as the ‘Switch On to Switching Off lesson plan’
  • Learn how to cut down your school’s single use plastic. Get your children, parents and staff on board.
  • Olio for Schools – help schools pass surplus food to those in need; also teaching resources and activities
  • What is your schools milk solution? Still using individual cartons with plastic straws? Why not ask your milk provider to supply large cartons which you serve in cups? Read how one local school changed this.

Waste and Recycling

  • Who is your waste contractor? Did you know that St Albans District Council will pick up dry recycling fortnightly and food waste weekly from schools for free? They will provide all the outside bins. Contact Louise Palmer at the council on 01727 819428  louise.palmer@stalbans.gov.uk.
  • Deal with your school’s food waste and consider starting a compost bin
  • TerraCycle– Recycling solutions that help people recycle the non-recyclable 
  • Wuka– a local business that produces sustainable period products
  • Reuse, Upcycle and recycle your school uniform! Use this parent founded website or hold uniform sales at the internally!
  • Join the Let’s Go Zero campaign which unites and supports UK schools working together to be carbon zero by 2030 through providing support and advice on, for example, energy use, car-free school runs and plant-based canteens.

PTA, Funding, Grants, Purchasing

  • Need funding to recreate your schools garden?
  • Salix provide interest free loans for schools to improve their energy efficiency. through the installation of energy-efficient technologies, such as insulation, LED lights and solar power

Case Studies

Pupils at Crabtree Infants washing up their reuse-able milk cups
Fleetville Junior Eco Schools notice board
Crabtree Infants Eco Posters!
Fleetville Junior Eco Assembly

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