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Greener governance

Greener Governance

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.


Greener Governance pledge

We are asking every governing board to pledge to:

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

In our 2022 annual governance survey, only 41% of schools and trusts had acted on environmental sustainability.

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Education sector impact

  • 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, and 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 behaviour to create significant long-term impact.
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Schools and trusts can access a range of free resources from the Department for Education and specialist organisations.

  • Living Streets is a UK charity that encourages everyday walking including children walking or wheeling to school.
  • Explore: Urban nature campaign ran by the Natural History Museum supports urban schools to learn about their local nature.
  • The NAEE website contains journals, case studies and curriculum guides to help schools understand and act on the need to live more sustainably.
  • Request a climate ambassador (volunteers with climate expertise) who will provide support on the curriculum and advice on reducing carbon emissions.
  • To help teachers and those involved in education to learn about environmental sustainability, The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) has developed a selection of free e-courses on climate change.
  • The Sustainability and Environmental Education hub brings together, shares and enhances best practice in environmental education
  • Climate in the Classroom is a project run by the University of Reading aiming to create an action plan for better climate education.
  • The Royal Meteorological Society’s research aiming to understand the level of climate literacy, (understanding of the Earth’s climate and the impact of global warming), amongst those leaving secondary education.
  • Linked to the national curriculum, the Ministry of Eco Education weave together the best free resources into series of lessons to help schools embed sustainability across the curriculum for every pupil in every lesson.

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