Reduce your carbon footprint in eight simple ways
There’s no better time than now to future-proof your schools and make sustainable changes that benefit your pupils, their families and the wider community.
Our Top Green Tips introduce easy and practical ways that your school can start reducing its carbon footprint today.
So, let’s get started!
Green Tip 1 – Implement a carbon-neutral mode of transport.
Reducing the amount of petrol/diesel cars on the roads is one of the biggest steps towards achieving Net Zero.
Why wait for the 2030 deadline to make the switch to electric vehicles?
If you offer cars or provide school buses, make the switch to cleaner, greener modes of transport.
Installing charging points can also support your staff and visitors, as well as encourage people to buy electric vehicles in future.
Green Tip 2 – Have an efficient waste management solution.
Landfills contribute to a large amount of pollution in the atmosphere, so less rubbish means less landfill.
Have a chat with your cleaning suppliers to review your waste management.
Also, make sure that your school is providing and sorting its recycling bins correctly.
Green Tip 3 – Work closely with your catering and food suppliers.
Catering contracts produce a large amount of carbon; from the food you serve, the transportation of it, to managing its waste.
The tip here is to implement environmentally and socially responsible practices: encouraging local sourcing of ingredients, using eco-friendly materials, & having a plan to use up/donate any surplus food.
Green Tip 4 – Ask your building maintenance team to install LED lighting.
Our top tip is to ask your building maintenance team to install LED lighting inside your classrooms.
Not only do they last longer, but they’re cheaper & brighter too.
Super top tip – install motion sensors to be extra energy-efficient.
Green Tip 5 – Opt for sustainable office supplies.
Planning to refurbish your office or classrooms? Our top tip is to opt for sustainable office supplies such as recycled printer paper, eco-friendly pens, biodegradable packaging & refillable supplies.
By choosing sustainable options, you’re saving trees, reducing energy/water usage & reducing your carbon footprint.
Procuring sustainable second-hand furniture is another eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.
Green Tip 6 – Implement small energy-saving changes.
Embedding Net Zero targets throughout your organisation is key.
Implementing small changes such as encouraging staff and student to turn off lights, unplug appliances and close doors has a big impact on reducing energy waste & cost.
Green Tip 7 – Align your sustainability targets with all future procurements.
To reduce your organization’s carbon footprint and achieve your environmental strategy, it’s important to keep sustainability in mind when tendering for a new service.
Do this by asking the right questions in your specification, enabling potential suppliers to integrate your targets into new contracts.
Green Tip 8 – Start reporting your energy consumption.
Having visibility of your energy usage means that you can track the success of your sustainability measures, and carbon emissions, which allows you to identify the initiatives that offer the greatest return on investment, help lower energy costs, and reduce your organization’s emissions.
Find out & track your current footprint here > https://www.climatecalculator.net/
We find your interest in this important topic a breath of fresh air (carbon-neutral, of course), and we hope to have provided a variety of useful insights for making your procurement practices more sustainable.
Not only are we passionate about sustainability, but we are also committed to helping schools like yours achieve their environmental goals.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can assist you with sustainable procurement practices, call us on 0845 257 7175 or email us at Contact@everythingfm.org