Schools vs Sustainability

Simple school measures: education vs sustainability

Schools vs Sustainability

It is possible to make green living a part of everyday school life, and why would you not want it to be?

Did you know: The waste generated from schools is equivalent to 15% of the country’s public sector emissions.

This consumption needs to be dramatically reduced, and it can be. According to the Carbon Trust, schools could save up to £44m per year alone in total energy consumption. Considering schools have recently faced cuts, the BBC believe that an average secondary school could save up to 20% off its energy bills.  This also equates to 625,000 tonnes of CO2 fumes being wasted, so a win win.

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Can your school be sustainable?

Of course it can! And there has never been a more crucial time for schools to lead the way for environmental issues. It has been proven that the main three energy producers within schools are: space heating (fossil fuels) 45%, electric lighting (20%) and hot water (10%).

But, the good news is, just by raising awareness of certain actions, these figures could decrease. From building materials, to facilities and workshops, pupils can inspire the next generation to take positive action regarding sustainability.

Here are a few environmentally-friendly swaps that can be put in place to slow down climate change:

  • Swapping to energy efficient light bulbs
  • Recycle
  • Monitor the heating within the building and classroom
  • Installing a dual flush system in the toilets
  • Turn off light and computer switches
  • Use fresh, local produce in school meals
  • Know what food sells
  • Only cook the right amount of food so less goes to waste


Reducing climate change by adopting active modes of travelling to school, composting food waste, and effective insulation are all measures that can stretch school budgets and improve their carbon footprint.

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1 Comment
  • Kate Green
    Posted at 16:40h, 07 March Reply

    Really interesting piece, Niamh! I think getting students and staff on board with sustainability projects and initiatives in schools could go a long way. ESS could help with that!

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