The Sustainable School’s Whole School Approach and the Sustainable Schools Alliance (SSA) membership programme for schools is a project of SEEd and helps schools embed sustainability and learning for sustainability throughout the school. The SSA is a network of schools across the UK who are working towards a Whole School Approach and can apply for recognition of the work they do on an annual basis.
Schools can (and do) manage and, where possible, design their buildings in ways that visibly demonstrate sustainable development to everyone who uses the school. The school building and grounds can become a great action learning tool for the whole school community!
There is energy and carbon in everything! Schools can be models of learning how to be energy efficient across all their activities. This may involve renewable energy and water conservation, showcasing opportunities such as wind, solar and biomass energy, insulation, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling to everyone who uses the school.
Food and drink link to many of the other doorways – energy, waste, nature and biodiversity and global citizenship. Schools can demonstrate strong commitment to the environment, social responsibility and animal welfare in their food and drink provision, and by maximising their use of local suppliers.
Enabling all pupils to participate fully in school life while instilling a long-lasting respect for human rights, freedoms, cultures and creative expression. This might mean how they help design sustainability action learning projects, or have a voice in decision making – all important life lessons buidling to sustainability competencies
School traffic is a major contributor to carbon emissions, pollution and congestion in some areas. It also reduces students activity levels. Some students have identified alternatives, or been so concerned about pollution from idling cars that they have undertaken campaigns to stop this!