30 Sep International Walk to School Month: how the school run could impact your carbon footprint
Every October children, parents and school teachers around the world are invited to walk to school. International Walk to School Month encourages children of all ages to consider the detrimental impact of transport pollution on the climate.
For the past 90 years, Living Streets has been inspiring people to champion walking. Following a series of campaigns, such as zebra crossings and the introduction of speed limits, the platform is now teaching people to embrace walking to try and save our environment.
Studies have found that 3.1 million children in England go to school in areas with high levels of toxic air that exceeds World Health Organisation limits. It is for this reason that the government and local councils must work to lower emissions levels, both in and around schools.
We look at how green school transport, along with other daily changes can help schools to become more sustainable.
Take a greener route to school
Schools generate more than 2% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and 15% of the country’s total public sector emissions. And a significant part of this comes from transport. So choosing to walk, cycle or carpool could have a huge impact on your daily emissions levels.
Not only will walking to school lower your carbon footprint, there are also health and financial benefits. Getting active and walking to school each morning is a great way to wake up and get children’s minds and bodies working.
Walking also saves money on the fuel that would otherwise be needed to drive to and from schools.
Introducing environmental studies
Identifying areas to improve energy efficiency can help schools to adjust their processes. Educating staff and pupils about how to reduce their environmental impact can make a huge difference to a school’s overall energy consumption.
Introducing environmental studies allows schools to discover cost-saving solutions whilst also engaging staff and students with nature and the environment.
Programmes such as Eco-Schools guide, empower and motivate pupils to take an active role in preserving the world around them. The programme has already been incorporated into 20,000 schools around the country. They are also working in 68 other countries across the world.
Educating young people about the environment enables them to have a hands-on approach to preventing further climate change.
Schools need to figure out how much energy they are consuming and identify areas of high usage. Once identified, areas of waste can then be pinpointed and reduced. Cutting out unnecessary waste and becoming as efficient as possible will be a huge step towards a sustainable future.
Sustainable waste management is often pushed to the wayside as students and teachers deal with a mountain of other responsibilities. But actively tackling inefficiency through services such as monitoring and metering is becoming increasingly important in the push towards becoming eco-friendly.
There are also several other benefits to embracing sustainability. A green campus is the ideal environment for students to learn and get involved in environmental issues, both on and off-campus. As well as providing economic benefits for sites, relying less on expensive fossil fuels.
How ESS can help?
With the pressure to become sustainable ever increasing, it can be difficult to know where to start. But understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. Without that vital data, becoming sustainable will be near impossible.
With the help of our expert team and smart monitoring and metering services, we can guide our clients towards becoming as efficient as possible. Installing an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) meter could provide greater visibility and clarity on unusual usage trends and inefficiencies. Allowing education institutions, the chance to reduce energy consumption, waste, and costs.
Get in touch today to find out how ESS can help your school, college or university to begin their sustainable journey.