Much of children's lives is spent in their home or in school and as such we have started this programme by looking at how buildings are constructed, materials that are used and how we get power to them. Above all we look at the most sustainable way for us to build and use our homes.
The Government aims for all schools to be sustainable by 2020 and asks them to 'prepare young people for a lifetime of sustainable living' (DfE) through their practice and teaching. The National Framework for Sustainable Schools (published in 2006) lists three interlocking components for a school to become sustainable:
- A commitment to care - Sustainable schools have a caring ethos - care for oneself, for each other (across cultures, distances and generations) and for the environment itself (far and near).
- An integrated approach - A sustainable school takes an integrated approach to its improvement. It explores sustainable development through its teaching provision and learning (curriculum); in its values and ways of thinking (campus); and in its engagement of local people and partners (community).
- The eight doorways - Sustainability themes are discrete entry points or places where schools can establish or develop their sustainability practices.