Staff Sustainability Forum
In order to successfully carry out our Strategic Plan, our newly formed sustainability forum will be working to implement the principles and initiatives out lined in the Climate Action Roadmap for Further Education Colleges. These initiatives include monitoring and reducing our carbon footprint, increasing biodiversity on campus, and further increasing the number of carbon literate staff and students.
Sustainability Committee – Student Council
The Sustainability Committee has been created as part of the Student Council to tackle issues and help to embed sustainability within our curriculum, campus and culture. Engaging with crucial topics that will affect everyone’s future will allow students to develop the skills needed to become catalysts for positive change.
We are currently working through the seven step programme in order to apply for an Eco-Schools green flag award. This programme will empower our students to make a difference in college and the local community. In order for us to achieve the award we have to connect activities that we complete in and around college to three or more of the ten eco-schools topics. These topics use directed themes that can prompt young people to consider environmental changes that they can make in college and in their everyday lives. The three topics we will focus on are biodiversity, water and marine. Our first activity will be on world water day in March. We will have a stall and are going to hand out some leaflets made from plantable paper that contains wildflower seeds. We hope that everyone across college will wear blue and donate too. The society members meet Wednesday mornings at 9am – new members are very welcome. Contact Louise via email for more information: Gilston.email@example.com
Woodland Trust Area & Fire Pit
Our Outdoor Learning Area was built in partnership with the Woodland Trust as part of our enrichment provision. Strong evidence shows that engagement with outdoor natural environments is beneficial for mental health and wellbeing: through a restorative effect, positive social contact and opportunities for physical activity.