Sustainable Schools

Introduction

Sustainable schools are designed to reduce waste, energy and resource use, provide community facilities, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide a better working environment for staff and a better learning environment for students and their families. As a result, a sustainable approach to the building can enhance the health and education of the local population, as well as improving staff productivity/ retention and the health, wellbeing & learning outcomes for students.

The SD Foundation has undertaken consultation with potential funders and users, including LEA and Schools personnel, about how to deliver more sustainable outcomes on school building projects. Most of this work occurred as part of the “Leading sustainable buildings” project sponsored by the National College for School Leaders and delivered in partnership with Forum for the Future and Cambridge Architectural Research. The project team consulted over 300 school leaders by questionnaire and engaged with over 100 delegates who attended a range of consultation workshops during March 2008; representatives covered a range of different types of schools, building works and locations, as well as those involved in different types of procurement approaches.

Our consultation work found that to deliver sustainable schools, it is essential to work with the key decision-makers for new school buildings i.e. with clients and funders. LEAs and school leaders already face a myriad of deadlines and budget constraints, so support programmes need to provide simple access to good practice and innovation in a form that best suits their needs. Please click on the library tab above to download a copy of the report.

The latest Events from Sustainable Schools

RSS for Sustainable schools Events

This RSS feed will keep you up to date as and when new items are added to the feed, RSS explained. To use them, first identify a feed reader you would like to use, install the reader if not already installed, and then paste the url of the feed into that reader as a new feed. You are also free to use this feed on your website or blog, all links will continue to lead back to the relevant SDF page.

The latest News from Sustainable Schools

RSS for Sustainable schools News

This RSS feed will keep you up to date as and when new items are added to the feed, RSS explained. To use them, first identify a feed reader you would like to use, install the reader if not already installed, and then paste the url of the feed into that reader as a new feed. You are also free to use this feed on your website or blog, all links will continue to lead back to the relevant SDF page.

Schools General Files

Research

Sustainable Schools Procurement - Learning Programme

The SD Foundation is currently developing an interactive and peer-group Learning Programme to help school leaders to deliver sustainability through their schools procurement processes.

The learning programme will:

  • increase client/ funder awareness about sustainability and school buildings 
  • enhance client/ funder capacity and understanding for delivery of sustainable projects
  • increase the delivery of sustainable school projects, and
  • campaign for changes to rules, regulations & procedures so that they support a sustainable approach

The Learning Programme will include the following activities:

  • Case studies of practices relating to sustainable schools and how to procure one.
  • Guidance and training for those embarking on a procurement programme. 
  • Implementation support and mentoring during the procurement process.
  • Peer group workshops to capture evidence and experience from participants. 

 

Sustainable Schools - Policy work

Zero Carbon Schools Task Force

The SD Foundation gathered a small group of experts to help shape our response to the Call for Evidence from the DCSF Zero Carbon Schools Task Force. Read our response here.

test

 test

Sorry no contacts are listed here.

Latest news

  1. SDF Latest

    The latest News from SDF

    SD Foundation moves offices

  2. Good Homes Alliance Latest

    The latest news and events from the Good Homes Alliance

    New GHA Manifesto to be launched at Ecobuild 2017

  3. Passivhaus Trust Latest

    The latest News from Passivhaus Trust

    Students learn from the largest UK commercial Passivhaus

  4. ASBP Latest

    The latest News from the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

    Understanding public perceptions and experiences of low carbon materials