Schools are where the next generation can learn how to create green and sustainable places to live and work; both locally and globally. The urgent issue of climate change is where schools can lead by example. As already demonstrated by many schools in Suffolk (see map below), a green school uses energy, materials and resources efficiently and sustainably, and provides an exciting learning environment. Existing schools can implement green practices and make changes to structures and materials to reduce their negative impact on both the indoor and outdoor environment. Greening both new and existing schools can improve indoor air quality, save money and reduce greenhouse emissions. The Eco Schools programme is a great way to get your school to green up!

Suffolk’s schools are already engaged in a variety of exciting initiatives to help Suffolk to become the greenest county.

Image above is of Abbotts Green Community Primary School.

To help schools lead the transition toward carbon neutrality, Groundwork East has put together this Environmental Toolkit for Schools to help you identify ways in which your school can improve its environmental performance, and also how you can engage staff, students, and parents. The toolkit covers a range of topics including energy efficiency, transport, and sustainable procurement. At the end of each topic there’s curriculum based activity ideas, case studies, additional resources, and a short checklist for you to complete.