The impact that education can have on the environment

Sustainable education on the rise

With the European Commission setting out policies aimed to make Europe climate neutral by 2050 (1) there is increasing urgency to educate and guide people on how to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday life. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions have had a lack of content covering climate change in their curriculum and UNESCO has set out to change this with the launch of Education for Sustainable Development roadmap for 2030.

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Average education emissions

By analysing trends and data through Zellar Panorama, a

UK educational institution on average emits 84.5 tonnes of CO2

through their electricity and gas consumption per year.

27 football pitches of trees

would be needed to absorb this amount each year, based on the average annual Woodland Carbon Code sequestration rate (across 100 years). (2)

What is a sustainable education?

To reach the goal of becoming Net Zero set by the European Commissions, everyone needs to be onboard and making a positive contribution. Educating students on how their actions affect the environment whilst showing them active ways they can make a difference during school time will help to change the behaviours and habits of households throughout the generations. The addition of solar panels, automatic sensor lights, LED light bulbs, encouraging students to switch devices off at the main the plug, and creating fun challenges to promote eco-friendly behaviours, such as cycling to school are all ways this can be achieved.

Why is sustainability so important to education?

Incorporating sustainability into education is highly beneficial to the environment and the community.

It will help to educate individuals on climate change and inform them on the different ways in which we can reverse the damages caused as time goes on. On top of this, creating a sustainable world is also about social equality and economic growth.

How Zellar helps education

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Customised roadmaps:

There is a programme unique to education, providing benchmarks, insights, behaviours, investments, and local offsets.

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All in one place:

Education leaders can access all the key components that make up their sustainability programme in one place.

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One annual payment:

We’re making sustainability accessible and affordable for all education with pricing starting at £125 per annum.

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How does it work:

A simple sign-up process, leads education leaders into their custom sustainability programme that can be followed at their own pace.

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Share the story:

Every step of your journey to Net Zero is made available for sharing via your Zellar profile and across your social media platforms of choice.

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of young people in the UK want to see their schools doing more to engage them on climate change issues, according to charity Global Action Plan.(2)