Edie helps schools do their homework

The value of teaching students and pupils about the importance of environmental issues has long been recognised but addressing the impact of our schools and colleges is a more recent development.

Since the government launched its national framework on sustainable schools in 2006, however, this has been climbing up the agenda.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment gives most universities and colleges, as well as larger schools, an even greater incentive to tackle their energy use.

But sometimes education institutions find themselves reinventing the wheel as they investigate how to reduce their carbon footprint, cut back on waste, save water or otherwise make positive changes.

With this in mind, we've decided to set up a new section on edie offering those responsible for the environmental performance of these institutions to communicate with one another and easily share good practice, as well as get in touch with the wealth of environmental practitioners using edie who might be able to help them along the path to sustainability.

We've just launched a new networking group for those keen to talk to like-minded professionals about how to best improve the environmental performance of their educational facility.

It allows those interested to set up a profile, either as an institution or individual, and start or participate in online discussions.

We've also developing a dedicated section of the edie website devoted to the needs of schools and colleges - click here to take a look at our Sustainable Schools Resource Centre.

In the meantime, we'd love to hear from those of you who have already implemented successful projects which we can add to the site as case studies.

If you think you've got a project worth sharing, contact our editorial team at newsdesk@edie.net

Sam Bond



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