Earth's environment is being threatened due to human greed and the lack of effective education of many of its inhabitants. The best way to reduce this wave is to make environmental education a mandatory subject!
The standard model for a traditional school to become a sustainable school is to start with a full refurbishment from the elementary school and gradually to other grades.
Thus, new teaching methods will be applied, based on the concepts of "eco-literacy" that will aggregate environmental education in all of the traditional subjects such as Sciences, Biology, Geography, History, Mathematics, Literature, Art and Sociology.
In addition, a sustainable school will have in its grid the following content that integrates environmental education:
Licensing and Environmental Management
Recovery of Degraded Areas
Recycling, Reuse, and Reuse of Objects
Food and Nutrition Education
The physical restructuring of the sustainable school will have the following implementations, at first:
- Photovoltaic panels or use of biodiesel: to supply the school with natural energy.
- Recycled water: for general consumption and use in organic gardens, avoiding waste, for example, with the use of rainwater and other possible alternative sources.
- Green roof: to regulate the internal temperature in a natural way, i.e. adjust according to the external climate.
- Positioned windows: to allow natural light into the building, ensuring natural internal luminosity.
- Track around the building: to motivate jogging and other physical exercises, as well as meditation, workshops, lectures, etc.
- Animals and birds all over the place: for direct contact with students, mainly children.
The sustainable school may show to locals many good examples of eco-activities, such as the one that kids start learning how to plant their own food!
The sustainable school building structure, as well as the teaching grid, will be according to local culture and to available resources
The teaching-learning relationship must be contextualized in three pillars:
in the knowledge
The formation of an ecological committee will be important to strengthen the 24/7 supervision of the sustainable school project. Therefore, its standard methodology may have the following planning model:
Step 1: Ecological Committee
- Composition: teacher, students, employees, parents of students (the number of components should be according to the size of the school).
- Goal: pre-defined periodic meetings to discuss/define/change - when necessary - the didactic and structural actions of the school.
Step 2: Sustainability Audit
- Composition: local authorities, school staff, and expert personnel.
- Goal: evaluation of the results of the actions implemented in all areas. When necessary, the ecological committee promotes the change, detected by the audit, through an action plan.
Step 3: Action Plan
- Composition: components of the ecological committee and auditors.
- Goal: readjust needs or effect the changes pointed out by the audit, such as repositioning of personnel, improvements, and other adjustments.
Step 4: Inform and Engage
- Results: the monitoring of the local community and other authorities, regarding the achieved results. It is very important, not only to show transparency of the project, but in order to gain support and, if possible, the provision of extra resources from the private sector as well.
- Divulging: spreading the success of the new enterprise shall link the community to the school. It can be achieved through the realization of popular assemblies, distribution of flies, and public stagings of plays with themes on environmental and social issues.