Independent schools set zero carbon targets

Independent schools set zero carbon targets

More than 30 independent schools are aiming to reach zero carbon by 2030, according to the Independent Schools Council (ISC)

The ISC, which represents over 1,300 independent schools in the UK and overseas, is encouraging all schools in the private sector to follow the example of a number of its members who have set out clear objectives to achieve carbon neutrality, as part of their commitment to climate change initiatives.

Net-zero carbon dioxide emissions can be achieved by balancing emissions of carbon dioxide with its removal or by eliminating emissions from society.

The ISC has now created a resources portal [link] on its website.

Felsted’s commitment means that for every individual admissions registration, the school will donate a monetary percentage that equates to protecting 500 trees in the Amazon rainforest. With any overseas trips, the school also commits to donate a percentage of costs to save trees and protect the planet.

Meanwhile, Manchester High School for Girls Prep has an Eco Code, demonstrating their commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly by spelling out an acrostic pledge from the words WE CARE.

W – Water. Get it from a tap

E – Electricity. Switch off lights

C – Cut waste. Don’t drop litter

A – Appreciate our wonderful world

R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

E – Eat healthy. Less packaging

The joint initiative has brought children from the Infant and Junior departments together to create a code of practice for Prep pupils that encourages them to think about ways to ‘Save the World’.

Prep teacher, Mrs Adam, who oversaw the project, said, “The girls are so enthusiastic about getting involved and talking to their peers about ways to help the environment. They are full of ideas about how we can become more sustainable.”

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Independent schools set zero carbon targets
Independent schools set zero carbon targets