If you are not a student, next week’s Go Green Week will probably pass you by unnoticed. Spearheaded by People and Planet, a movement dedicated to calling students to action on poverty and the environment, next week sees its annual push to get students to take action against climate change and to campaign for their educational establishments to become fossil free.
A perfect eco-classroom is a fairly tall order and must fulfil many criteria if it is to be worthy of the title. For starters, the building must be genuinely environmentally friendly, from the materials and methods used in its construction and its energy efficiency once in use, through to its sensitivity to its occupants. However, just as importantly, it should perfectly fit your school’s unique set of needs and requirements in terms of cost, location, size, layout, features and appliances.
To learn and experience the outdoor environment you have to be out in it. Our climate dictates that we can’t sit outside under a fig tree in the shade all year, so where possible, ensure all the elements of the design is based around the philosophy of minimising the barriers between inside and out to maximise the feeling of being part of nature and the good environmental citizenship that this will develop. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you get the most from the design of your eco-classroom:
One of the most commonly broken new year’s resolutions is to exercise more and get fit. Some of those who fail will have mentally committed themselves to a daily run or brisk walk: unfortunately, unless you live in the Southern hemisphere, January is never a good time of year to commence upon an outdoor work out regime!
We were thrilled to be appointed by the Academy at Shotton Hall last year, to create a learning centre that incorporates additional classroom space; a dedicated teacher training facility to support the school’s role as a National Teaching School and a new administration centre. The school wanted a sustainable, energy efficient building that would sit lightly upon the land, with minimal ground interference, and blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the school’s grounds.