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Greener governance

A climate for change

Case studies showcasing environmental sustainability projects and practices across a diverse range of schools and trusts.

pupil and teacher with climate resources

The green agenda is here to stay. In January 2022, Governing Matters covered the Department for Education (DfE) draft strategy to reduce the environmental impact of education and increase knowledge of climate change and sustainability. Leading on environmental sustainability was the topic for our 2022 governance leadership forums when we heard from a whole range of schools and trusts. The DfE also attended to hear the experiences and thoughts of governors and trustees.

Although some of those who spoke had been working on sustainability for years, many had begun with small projects which have extended into a whole-school or trust approach. It was clear no matter what type or size of school, and whatever the age of the pupils, there are things you can do to benefit the future of the planet and the young people. Some cover all the four Cs of sustainability – culture, community, campus and curriculum – while others begin with one or two.

In this article, first featured in NGA’s Governing Matters membership magazine, Megan Tate, NGA policy and research assistant, reports on the inspiring work going on in schools and trusts on environmental sustainability.

The article features Greener Governance case studies from schools and trusts across England.

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