Children can be champions of positive environmental change by suggesting these ideas at school to create a more sustainable classroom.
A sustainable classroom can provide so many benefits to not only the environment but also students and teachers.
In a previous article, we wrote about how students can bring a sustainable touch to the way they approach school as individuals. Now we’re taking it a step further with some advice on how to make the classroom itself more environmentally conscious—and an even more fun place to learn!
Now, before your kids do something as drastic as recycle the teacher’s notes without checking first, we’re simply talking about ideas they can suggest to the whole class for consideration.
Then after some collaborative discussion, the result will hopefully be some tangible steps everyone will be enthusiastic about. It’s all about being a positive influence and leading by example.
Classrooms need a lot of power. Not only is there lighting required all day long, but also things like air conditioning and heating depending on the time of the year.
Different types of classrooms will also use power in a variety of other ways. Maybe there will be computers plugged in or tablets charging. Perhaps electricity will be needed for a science experiment or music lesson. But whatever it is we all need to be conscious of power going to waste.
It’s easy to get some wins in this regard. Turn off lights when there is no one in the room, or opt to use natural light where possible.
Switching off items at the wall when they’re not in use is a big energy saver, and even putting computers into sleep mode rather than using a screensaver can reduce energy usage by 60 to 70 per cent.
Older children could even suggest the class conduct an energy audit that involves researching what factors use the most electricity, and even tracking how much the class uses on a daily basis in an effort to start reducing.
The life (re)cycle
Schools are far more aware of the impact of waste than in previous years. As a minimum, most will have a setup that focuses on separating general waste from recycling waste.
However, if other students (and even teachers) are not using it as readily as they should, then your child could suggest ideas to make it more of a common habit.
Clearly separating bins in the classroom by distance, colour or some other marker should make everyone think twice about where they throw their rubbish.
Re-using items that would otherwise be discarded is also a great exercise in creativity. Check out Pinterest for heaps of inspiration for classroom activities!
And ensure you share your knowledge of the Bento revolution to any parents who are unfamiliar. More students carrying lunches and snacks to school in the Stuck On You Bento will make a world of difference.
Our Bento eliminates 30 kilograms of waste per schoolchild every year. Think of the positive impact that could make if every student used one!
Better schools and gardens
To create a really collaborative class project, your child could always suggest a classroom garden!
Maybe it could be a few indoor plants that groups of students are in charge of looking after together. Or perhaps a collection of shrubs and flowers in a single garden that students take turns to look after.
Not only will it be great to grow some things naturally—especially if it can involve fruit or vegetables—it is a great way to teach children responsibility!
This is also a way to educate about water conservation. Students can save water from activities like science experiments or a rainwater collection for re-distribution when hydrating plants.
Has your child been able to inspire his or her classroom into being more sustainable? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!