Cost-Effective Sustainability in Primary Schools


Offer Price£39.00
Jul 2011


‘The Government has pledged to make this the “greenest government ever”, with far-reaching plans to protect the natural environment, tackle climate change and promote sustainability.’

Department for Education website: What is Sustainable Development?

Packed full of useful case studies, helpful checklists and practical activities, Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools is an accessible whole-school guide to becoming more sustainable. By reducing water, electricity, oil and gas usage in your school you will not only save your school money, but you will also help to reduce carbon emissions on a large scale.

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This eBook is a comprehensive resource that:

  • encourages schools to tackle the issue of sustainability in a creative and cost-effective manner
  • helps your school to save money
  • provides practical and relevant case studies to develop sustainable practices in your school
  • supports the development of understanding surrounding the issue of sustainability
  • raises awareness of the issues of sustainability among your staff, pupils, parents and the wider community.

Summary of contents

Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools outlines how sustainability is not just good for the planet and the future of the children who are learning in your school, but also how it can be good for your school budget. This handy guide can be used by all primary schools, including those who are just starting out and those who are already well into implementing sustainable practice in their school. A highly practical and accessible resource, Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools is a one stop resource for sustainability information and best practice.

Cost-effective Sustainability in Primary Schools will enable you to:

  •     audit sustainability and cost-effectiveness in your school
  •     develop cost-effective sustainable practices
  •     save money on utilities
  •     create exciting sustainability learning projects at minimal cost
  •     encourage your pupils to develop an interest in sustainability
  •     find sources of funding for sustainability projects
  •     find organisations and resources to help your school become more sustainable
  •     implement a whole-school approach to sustainability.

Chapter breakdown

The aim of this book is to help you to enhance and develop sustainable practices across your school using cost-effective methods and resources.


  • What is sustainability?
  • What are sustainable schools?
  • Why sustainable schools are important
  • Why sustainability is cost effective
  • Who this book is aimed at
  • A word on structure
  • How to use this book

Section one – Leading your sustainable school

Each school will delegate the task of managing their sustainability initiatives to a different person. It might be the headteacher or a class teacher. It might be a teaching assistant or the administrative officer. Whoever is taking the lead in your school, they will find all the guidance they need to get started and keep going in this section.

Who is responsible?

  • You are responsible
  • Auditing your current cost-effectiveness
  • Action planning for cost-effective sustainability
  • Monitoring and assessing your progress
  • Celebrating your success
  • Leading your sustainable school checklist

Section two – The eight doorways of sustainability

Each of the eight chapters is based on a ‘sustainability doorway’, each presented in a standard format with the following headings (using ‘Food and drink’ as an example):

- Food and drink overview, planning and resourcing
- Food and drink in your curriculum
- Food and drink on your campus
- Food and drink in your community
- A case study of good practice in food and drink
- Food and drink summary

In the summary of each section there is a handy checklist to help you get into action and a short piece called carbon context, which tells you how this area will help your school reduce its carbon emissions. Another section titled Future School speculates how this issue may be addressed by schools in a more sustainable future.

  • Food and drink
  • Energy and water
  • Travel and traffic
  • Purchasing and waste
  • Buildings and grounds
  • Inclusion and participation
  • Local wellbeing
  • Global dimension

Appendix One: Resources

You won’t be able to make your school sustainable on your own. You don’t need to. There are a wealth of resources – such as books and websites – out there that you can draw on for inspiration and practical advice. There are also a wide range of organisations who will give you support and encouragement, as well as many companies providing the equipment you will need.

Appendix Two: Grants

There is also some money available. In this appendix you will find details of trusts and other organisations that fund sustainable projects.


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