My school and the environment

If you’re passionate about the environment and want to know what you can do to get more involved, there are a number of schemes that could be of interest:

  • Eco Schools is a global programme that enables pupils to get involved in environmental work directly, raising their awareness and delivering positive change and financial savings for their school
  • Modeshift STARS is a scheme that recognises excellence in schools that support active transport
  • Free Trees for Schools are offered by the Woodland Trust

The Government has recently launched Phase 2 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which provides grants for public sector bodies (including schools within the state education system) to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures. Applications to the fund opened on 7th April 2021.

The Government has also published their Top Tips for Sustainability in Schools which has lots of practical advice. If you’re interested in hearing about sustainability from the sustainability team at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, we’re always happy to talk. Contact us at [email protected]

Waste

Reducing, reusing and recycling waste is a great way to make a positive environmental impact at your school. There's advice on what you can do in the My Home page. Surrey and East Sutton Water also have lots of advice on how to reduce water consumption, and have a dedicated educational resource called flow-zone.

Active travel

How do you get to school? Do you get a lift, or maybe drive yourself? Walking or cycling is a great option for both the environment and your own health. Our Active Travel section in the My Health page has all the advice you’ll need to get going.

Green spaces

Our parks and countryside are a great place to exercise, unwind and even learn about and support biodiversity. The Green Spaces section in the My Home page has advice on green gardening, as well as finding a local green spaces to enjoy.

As well as free trees, the Woodland Trust have lots of projects schools can get involved with. They also provide useful Tree ID guides for kids.

Learning

If you'd like to learn more about sustainability, there are a number of reputable institutions that offer free courses. The Open University also has free courses on nature and the environment on their OpenLearn site.

For younger children (aged 3-7), there is a free app called 'Earth Cubs', designed to teach children about the natural environment.

Interested in pursuing a career in sustainability or the environment? Check out the Prospects website for comprehensive, or the UCL site for tips on getting a job in sustainability.