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Kings College operates a good example of an environmentally sustainable school? Discuss?

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1Contents Page 1. Contents page 2. Introduction 3. Aim 4. Initiatives 5. School locational context 6. Example of environmentally sustainable school 7. Conclusion 8. References Kings College operates a good example of an environmentally sustainable school? Discuss? The environment is a key factor and is something we should take into consideration more and more now as we edge closer to global warming. Global warming is having a great effect on us now without us really knowing much about it. For example the factors that are playing a role are the amount of gas in the air that is being produced by humans. This is being done to produce electricity, heating and to drive our cars. It is vitally important that we start to do something about this as around the world; everyone will have to play their part to use less non renewable resources on a global scale. Therefore educating the younger generation to start to help look after and protect their environment becomes more and more important. The responsibility for this will predominantly come from influencing them in their school environment, where they spend the majority of their time up to the age of 18. However this will only be possible if the school takes it upon itself to introduce new measures to become a more environmentally sustainable. This exposure in the school environment will hopefully encourage more renewable resources to be used outside of school at home by recycling. This will help people get used to this way for later in life when there maybe a shortage of non renewable resources such as oil, gas and coal. The way in which the school could become more environmentally friendly is by encouraging people to for example try not to waste paper and use both sides and promoting these ideas widely and visually around the school. Also recycling, reduce the food wastage and the amount of energy used by the school. ...read more.

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Install point of use water heaters instead of using hot water from boilers a long distance from sinks. Keep replacing more light fittings with more energy efficient light fittings, these use less power and last about the same amount of time if not longer but cost a little bit more, yet the prices probably level themselves out. Increasing insulation of pipes to prevent any energy being wasted. So maintenance has to be reviewed regularly to see if money and energy is being wasted. Each classroom throughout school should have radiator thermostatic control valves to adjust the temperature level to stop rooms getting needlessly overheated. Also with transport to school if you really live a way away maybe car share but if you live in the local community do not needlessly waste petrol and release harmful emissions, instead walk, this is not just good for the environment it is also good for children to get exercise to keep them healthy. Investigate on site composting to see if it is good enough to grow flowers or food. Lastly turn off equipment such as computers when not in use but also the heating can be switched off during holidays and in the summer term when the weather has got better. Add an environment lesson to the school curriculum to encourage change. If the school introduced an environment lesson then not just in lesson would people do things but just in general wherever they are they will notice things that could save money and energy and will do something about this. This will not affect everyone but if the lesson was introduced in school for all years from 7-11's then they may possibly be an increase in energy saved in the local area. To do a carbon footprint of the school would be a very good indicator of how environmentally sustainable it is, from that you will be able to see where the school needs improving and what new methods could be introduced to achieve an all round ...read more.

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and have a feel good factor and want to make improvements to their community Environmental: > Water quality has been improved due to the planting of plants > Observing the coastal developments and managing them > Decrease in water consumption > The school have hired environmentally minded gardeners > School also introduced printer ink cartridge recycling program This school has a lot of initiatives in place to help them become a better environmentally sustainable school. They are still installing more measures to keep this improving happening, due to the fact they do not want people to ignore the changes after a while, as they will appreciate the environment more if the changes are ongoing throughout their school career. King college as a green school are still a long way off to reaching their goal as can be noticed when compared to Williamstown high school in Australia who are a great example of an environmentally sustainable school. Around the area of surrey I think that Kings College must be one of the most environmentally sustainable schools but still have a long way to go to become like Williamstown school in Australia who won an award on becoming environmentally sustainable. This school achieved this by working all the way throughout the school staff and pupils. Kings College if they got the same teamwork and commitment that they got then it would speed up this process and the goal would become closer, quicker and more achievable. The school is not a good example of an environmentally sustainable school at the moment but is improving with every amendment that is being made. With the support of parents, students and staff I think with a combined effort they will reach their goal. In the not too distant future this school will have more than half of the school buildings environmentally friendly. Kings College is doing very well in becoming an environmentally sustainable school in an area of decline. 1 http://www.sustainableschools.com.au/sustainableschools/studies/williamstown.html 2 http://www.google.com/maps/kingscollegeschool 3 http://www.wikipedia.co.uk/kingscollegeguildford ?? ?? ?? ?? 8 ...read more.

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