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Read our latest information sheet developed to help governors and trustees start meaningful conversations that ultimately result in a tangible climate action plan.

The sheet also includes key initiatives featured in the Department for Education's Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems.

Greener Governance campaign:

NGA's Greener Governance campaign aims to ensure all schools and trusts have a strategy for their contribution to environmental sustainability and to equip governing boards to play their role in overseeing this work.

We are asking every governing board to make the Greener Governance pledge to:

  • reduce carbon at your school or trust;
  • put your school’s or trust's contribution to environmental sustainability on the agenda; and
  • ensure a climate action plan is developed to make this happen.

Get started with our guide on developing a whole school approach to sustainability. and introductory webinar presented by Emma Knights

About the Greener Governance campaign

As local leaders making decisions, governors and trustees can make a difference. It falls to governors and trustees to listen to stakeholders, influence positive change and set the conditions to help young people understand the world and develop the skills and attitudes to live fulfilled lives as responsible citizens. The annual governance survey 2020 asked if boards had acted on climate change or environmental sustainability, revealing: 

  • 44% had acted
  • 31% had not
  • 25% were unsure

Through the Greener Governance campaign NGA hope to see a rise in those who have acted in the 2022 survey demonstrating boards’ positive action towards environmental sustainability.   

Read our latest Governing Matters article A Climate for change, featuring case studies from a variety of schools and trusts.

Find out more in our other articles in the series: Sustainable ambitionClimate in the classroom and Engaging with environmental emergency.


Our commitments:
  • Showcase the importance of including the environment and sustainability in school and trust strategies and decision making
  • Provide guidance and signpost to relevant resources available for governors and trustees on environmental sustainability
  • Share best practice and examples of board led action
  • Work with partners across the education sector and encourage the Department for Education to include the role of governance in their work on environmental sustainability.
  • Encourage boards to ask and listen to stakeholders about change they want to see in this area
  • Address environmental sustainability within NGA’s own practices.

What impact could the education sector have?
  • Schools represent 25% of UK public sector building emissions: tackling this can make a significant contribution to reach net zero. 
  • Over 24,000 schools in England provide the opportunity to enhance biodiversity, help nature recover, as well as the greater opportunity to engage children and young people in the natural environment.
  • 1 in 70 car miles are associated with the school commute: there’s the potential to change behaviours to create significant long-term impact.

Resources to support governing boards

NGA Resources

Further resources:

What next?

  • Get in touch and let us know if your school or trust is making the Greener Governance pledge by emailing
  • We want to hear from boards at all stages of their journey to improving their environmental sustainability so please do get in touch and email
Connect With Us
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  • Phone: 0121 237 3780 | Contact Us
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