5 Ways Schools Can Reduce Their Environmental Impact
We all want to reduce the carbon footprint. But how much effort are we putting towards a sustainable environment? The way I see it, environmental consciousness starts in school. If we instil green habits from a young age, it will become a way of life. Schools can implement eco-friendly practices to reduce energy wastage and conserve the environment. Here are five ways to reduce environmental impact in schools.
Eco-Friendly School Supplies
Going paperless is becoming a significant trend in schools. Teachers are reducing the number of printed papers by keeping electronic copies. The same should be replicated in classrooms, encourage students to take notes on laptops or print both sides of a paper. The best solution to reduce the use of paper is going virtual. Share study materials virtually or have an online schedule for the school. The use of tablets not only saves paper but also improves computer skills. Also, encourage the use of durable supplies like fountain pens which can be refilled or use plantable stationaries.
Recycle and Reuse Waste
Apart from air pollution, littering destroys the beauty of the environment. Therefore, leftover food and any garbage should be disposed of in garbage bins. Schools should encourage students to pack their food and drinks in reusable containers. The lunch bags and water bottles will minimise the amount of waste and reduce the use of plastic packaging. Kids need to learn the need for waste segregation. Schools should have garbage bins for biodegradable, recyclable and hazardous waste. Sorting rubbish makes it easy to dispose of appropriately. Some trash can be made into beautiful creations with a little creativity. Therefore, save some recyclables for art projects.
Having eco classrooms is an essential step towards taking care of the environment. Modular build classroom is a high-quality building designed to serve the changing population demands in schools. They are built from renewable sources through a process that minimises waste. They are also cost effective and eco-friendly.
Form a Green Team
Schools should form environmental clubs whose role is to come up with ways to reduce environmental impact. They can educate the school and the community on the importance of nature and how to care for it. They can lobby for changes in resource management. For instance, reduce the use of buses and encourage walking. A green team can also initiate a green project like having a vegetable garden or a litter committee to keep the school compound clean.
Schools must be at the forefront of using renewable sources of energy like solar and wind. Solar panels are quite expensive. Therefore, they should find ways to conserve energy. Ordinary bulbs consume a lot of energy; installing LED light bulbs is an excellent way to reduce energy consumption. When sockets aren’t in use make sure they are off and unplugged. Schools, also, need to introduce water recycling plants.
Encourage students to come up with ways to conserve the environment. Community sensitisation programs will also increase environmental awareness and motivate people to take action.