The UK Government would like every school to be a sustainable school by 2020. A sustainable school prepares young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through its teaching, its fabric and its day-to-day practices. It is guided by a commitment to care for oneself, for each other (across cultures, distances and generations); and for the environment itself (far and near).
Sustainable development can build coherence among a range of initiatives and school practices. It offers schools a bigger picture in which to join up their work on a range of policies and initiatives. Many schools recognise the potential of sustainable development to transform the experiences and outcomes of pupils whilst improving the environmental performance of the school and contributing to sustainable communities.
Above all, sustainable schools contribute to sustainable development. They make a positive effort to demonstrate responsible practices for their young people and communities, and engage them in learning about the issues and potential responses.
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