The DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy included many positive new policies. But did it go far enough? Suzanne Gibbon from the Let’s Go Zero campaign shares her views

The COP26 summit encouraged schools to get engaged with climate action and encourage conversations about the environment and energy efficiency. Here’s what schools got up to

The Let’s Go Zero campaign headed to COP26 in November to champion green schools to a global stage, writes Alex Green

As part of the government’s climate targets, the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme has been launched to cut harmful emissions from public sector buildings, including schools

Schools are being urged to make themselves aware of upcoming changes to government energy legislations that will affect their businesses and management of their energy consumption.

Teaching pupils to be smart
about energy efficiency

Smart Energy GB has been working to encourage pupils across Great Britain to engage with energy efficiency in order to support long-term energy behaviour change

Kim Somerville, campaign coordinator for Learning Away, explains what pupils, teachers and schools can gain from high-quality residential experiences over the winter months

The LESS CO2 programme was created in response to schools wanting more practical information and support on cutting costs and saving energy.

Leonie Greene and Holly Stower from the Solar Trade Association discuss the cost and carbon savings that can be achieved from solar PV systems

Energy charity Carbon Trust has found ways schools can cut back and save money on energy and reduce carbon emissions

With the average school energy bill in the UK coming to £31,000, Eco-Schools England looks at small changes that can make a big difference to the energy efficiency of your school.

Teaching pupils and staff about energy saving measures can reduce energy bills, add excitement to the curriculum, and teach young people good habits for a lifetime, writes Ashden's Alex Green.

Schools depend upon a reliable fuel source that is safe, clean and meets their individual needs. Education Business examines how efficient heating and lighting can make a real difference.

Solar panels can be beneficial to buildings, with current campaigns existing to support solar on schools. Sonia Dunlop of the Solar Trade Association examines how to fund school solar and things to watch out for when considering the energy source.

With great learning comes great responsibility

Teachers should allow students the chance to take ownership of their school’s energy and environmental issues, so that they can not just lead the change within their school community, but also further afield, says Luke Wynne of Global Action Plan.



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