19 Ways to Promote Sustainability At Your School
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19 Ways to Promote Sustainability At Your School

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility! It’s important we all do our part to care for our environment and share the message of sustainability. Introducing sustainable practices in early education means building sustainable citizens for the future and ensuring they actually have a future!

Sustainability practices should be embedded in everyday activities for children, it all starts with babies and toddlers watching their parents and those around them. Which means it’s important for early education centres and schools to encourage sustainable practices. Parents can encourage schools to introduce these values if they’re not already a focus for the school. There are plenty of resources available online and supportive communities to provide tips and tricks on sustainability in schools. From materials used in activities, to composting and growing produce, to suggestions on reducing energy consumption, there are many ways in which you can contribute to a more sustainable future. Even if you think the school staff and administration may be opposed to your sustainable ideas, it’s worth trying, you’re likely to find more support than resistance.

Promoting sustainability at your school means working with the children, families and wider community. Here are 19 ways to promote sustainability at your school:

19 Ways to Promote Sustainability At Your School

1. Use recyclable materials where possible.

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2. Encourage children to use half flush on the toilets.

sustainable schools australia3. Encourage children to turn the water off after washing their hands.

sustainability4. Encourage children to recycle within their rooms, at home and in the wider community.

renewable energy5. Talk with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights.

composting6. Educate children in the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in gardening and composting food scraps. Include children in garden to plate activities.

recycling water7. Educate children on caring for plants and our waterways i.e. recycling water from water play into gardens etc

natural resources8. Use natural resources where possible – eg drying washing out in the sun

environment9. Assist children in developing an understanding and respect for the environment and encourage critical thinking

native wildlife10. Work with children and families to research the native wildlife

sustainable practices on excursions11. Plan excursions and incursions focused on sustainable practices

arts and craft12. Ask families to bring in recyclable items to use for arts and craft

eco friendly products13. Utilise environmentally friendly products where possible

zero waste meals14. Reduce lunch waste. Bring your food and drink in reusable containers, and don’t pack excess food that you will throw away. Avoid pre-packaged items

sustainable school15. Use both sides of a sheet of paper

sustainability16. Print only what you must

book exchange17. Set up an exchange sale where you trade books and other items with classmates

energy consumption18. Turn off the lights when you’re the last one leaving a room

school waste audit19. Conduct a waste audit.

Whether you’re wanting to make change at an early childhood centre, primary school or secondary education, these tips can help promote sustainability at all levels of education.

The best way to introduce change is to lead by action. Children will mimic the behaviour they see, so if you want eco-warrior children, you may have to re-evaluate your own lifestyle choices. There are many different ways which you can promote sustainability at your school, whether you’re a student, parent or educator. Gather support from your community and help encourage a brighter future through sustainable practices and education.