The Sustainables Support Eco Schools

The 7 core Principles of Eco Schools meet The Sustainables and The Renewables

  •  Whole-School Approach
  • Student Leadership
  • Curriculum Links
  • Environmental Review
  • Action Planning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Involving the Community
Eco Schools is a great way to get resources circular

Keeping our resources infinite will help to protect our biosphere

Using The Sustianables Academy Curriculum will help change  behaviour and and create Earth Stewards 

The Sustainables ad Renewables bring to life Stewardship 

Why align a circular economy curriculum with the eco schools programme?

Integrating a circular economy curriculum into the Eco-Schools Programme can enhance environmental education by providing students with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles and empowering them to take action to create a more sustainable future.

Both the circular economy and Eco-Schools Programme emphasize responsible resource management. The curriculum can teach students about reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling effectively, aligning with the Eco-Schools' focus on waste reduction and recycling initiatives.

Resource Management
The circular economy curriculum can educate students about sustainable production and consumption patterns, encouraging them to think critically about the environmental impact of their choices. This aligns with the Eco-Schools Programme's emphasis on promoting sustainable practices within schools and communities.

Sustainable Practices
Both initiatives promote lifelong learning about environmental issues and solutions. The circular economy curriculum can provide students with a deeper understanding of the principles behind a circular economy and how they can contribute to its implementation. This aligns with the Eco-Schools Programme's goal of fostering environmental literacy and action among students.
LifeLong Learning
The Eco-Schools Programme often involves hands-on projects and practical activities to promote sustainability within schools. The Sustainables circular economy/sustainability curriculum can complement this by providing learners with opportunities to apply their knowledge through projects such as upcycling workshops, waste audits, or designing sustainable products.

Hands on Projects
Both the circular The Sustainables curriculum and Eco-Schools Programme encourage partnerships and engagement with local communities, businesses, and organisations. Schools can collaborate with external stakeholders to implement circular economy initiatives, such as establishing recycling schemes or organising community clean-up events, which align with the Eco-Schools Programme's focus on community involvement.
Partnership and Engagement
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education can strongly support Eco-Schools by fostering interdisciplinary learning opportunities that address environmental challenges.Learners can explore concepts such as renewable energy, sustainable design, and ecological conservation. applying scientific principles and technological innovations to real-world environmental issues.

How Can circular economy practices be included in each section of the Eco-Schools Programme?

  1. Whole-School Approach:

    • Implementing circular economy principles in school policies and practices, such as reducing waste generation, promoting reuse and repair, and sourcing environmentally friendly products.
    • Including a circular economy committee comprised of Learners, staff, and community members to oversee and coordinate sustainability efforts across the school.
    • Organising circular economy awareness campaigns and events that involve the entire school community, such as swap shops for clothing and school supplies.
  2. Student Leadership:

    • Empowering learners to lead circular economy initiatives, such as organising waste reduction campaigns, implementing composting programs, or advocating for sustainable procurement practices.
    • Encouraging learners to develop innovative solutions to local environmental challenges, such as designing products using recycled materials or creating educational resources about the circular economy.
  3. Curriculum Links:

    • Integrating learning and activities about the circular economy into various STEAM subjects.
    • Incorporating case studies and real-world examples of circular economy practices into the curriculum to illustrate the principles and benefits of a circular economy.
    • Offering project-based learning opportunities where learners can explore and develop solutions to real-world environmental problems using circular economy principles.
  4. Environmental Review:

    • Conducting a comprehensive assessment of the school’s resource use and waste generation to identify opportunities for adopting circular economy practices, such as ensuring plastics and paper follow the 10Rs, promoting resource efficiency, and enhancing recycling programs.
    • Assessing the environmental impact of the school’s procurement practices and exploring ways to prioritise the purchase of products with minimal environmental footprint and circular design.
  5. Action Planning:

    • Developing action plans that prioritise circular economy initiatives, such as implementing waste reduction strategies, establishing a system for collecting and repurposing materials, and integrating circular design principles into school infrastructure and facilities.
    • Setting specific targets and objectives related to circular economy performance, such as reducing waste generation by a certain percentage, increasing the use of recycled materials in school projects, or implementing circular procurement policies.
  6. Monitoring and Evaluation:

    • Establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) to track progress towards circular economy goals and regularly monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of implemented initiatives.
    • Collecting data on resource consumption, waste generation, and recycling rates to measure the environmental impact of circular economy practices and identify areas for improvement.
    • Encouraging learners to conduct research projects or audits to assess the success of circular economy initiatives and identify opportunities for further optimization.
  7. Involving the Community:

    • Collaborating with local businesses and organisations to support circular economy initiatives, such as establishing partnerships for material reuse and recycling or organizing community-wide repair and reuse events.
    • Engaging parents and community members in circular economy education and outreach activities, such as workshops on sustainable living, circular design challenges, or community clean-up events focused on waste reduction and recycling.
    • Encouraging learners to take leadership roles in engaging with the community and promoting the adoption of circular economy practices beyond the school environment
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