Energy and water make up a significant amount of non-staff costs in schools, yet are a major part of a schools’ environmental impact.
Schools can often be unaware of the need to reduce energy consumption in order to reduce bills and tackle climate change, and many are also cutting back on water consumption to save the planet’s resources. Some schools will have greater scope for savings than others but, overall, more than 20% of energy is wasted, and simple good housekeeping can reduce fuel bills by 10%.*
By 2020 the government recommends that all schools are models of energy efficiency, 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.
* Source: Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk)
The Sustainable Schools Alliance, is a project of SEEd and helps schools embed sustainability and learning for sustainability. It’s a network of Schools across the UK who are working towards a Whole School Approach.