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Schools have a vital role to play. They are essential to encouraging public interest and involvement in environmental matters at a young age, and therefore instilling sustainability values in future generations.

Schools also have an opportunity to set an example to the local community by reducing their own emissions.

There are many actions schools can take in the journey to achieve net zero.

For example:

  • appointing a sustainability lead within the governors, staff and students
  • ensuring your building is efficient by installing energy saving measures
  • embedding climate change in the curriculum
  • encouraging active travel and developing a school travel plan
  • reducing food and plastic waste and promoting the waste hierarchy
  • developing sustainable menus
  • developing outdoor natural learning areas.

Resources and support

There is support available to help schools in their journey.

Medway Council

Medway Council provide a range of services that can help support schools, such as expert knowledge, lesson plans and delivery and advice:

Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is a multi-national organisation that provides a 7-step framework to introduce, manage and complete environmental actions in their organisation and local community. ‘Eco-schools' provides support and resources for all key stages, whether it be nursery, primary or secondary education, or higher education.

Visit the Eco-Schools website.

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust offers a range of resources to support outdoor learning, including free trees and tree care advice.

You can apply now for trees to be delivered in November 2022. You should order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Visit the Tree Tools for Schools website to find out more about the resources they offer, and to apply for free trees.

Southern Water

Southern Water offers support for schools to learn about the water cycle.

Recognition

Have your students, staff and school been recognised for the amazing work they have achieved.

Find out more on local and national recognition awards and green flag schemes:

We want to hear from you

Tell us what you've been doing in your school to respond to climate change. Email us at climatechange@medway.gov.uk.

Read what others in Medway have been doing in our Local climate change projects page.