Taipei European School’s second step on our journey to becoming a Green Flag Eco-school is to complete a full environmental audit of the school. This process involves assessing how well we are doing in our approach to the eleven themes at present. Hopefully this process will allow us to identify areas that we need to improve, and also give us the chance to evaluate the progress that we make as we implement changes.
Over the last few weeks the Green Thinkers have been hard at work brainstorming how this process can be done. The whole school will be invited to take part in the audit, but first it is up to our intrepid eco-leaders to show us how this can be done.
The process has been phenomenal and as teachers we have been regularly astonished by the enthusiasm and effort that the Green Thinkers have put into the brainstorms. Here is just a snippet of some of the wonderful ideas that they have been coming up with:
“We can buy a device that tells us how much electricity is used in each room”
“We can find out how much electricity each thing uses and then record how long we turn them on for”
“Solar power is not entirely sustainable as the process to make them uses electricity, produces waste and pollution, and they don’t make that much energy” Wow!
“So much food is wasted in the canteen. Maybe we can collect it each day and measure it to see how much waste we make each week.”
“We can find out how many bags of rubbish the school throws out each week.”
“We need to find out where does the waste from our school go, and how much is recycled.”
“We could recycle old clothes and toys and collect them for people who are not as well off as we are.”
”We could hold a bake sale and raise money for the school in Cambodia that we watched a video in class about.”
”We need to have more links to our local community and to other schools around the world so we can learn more about them.”
“We could go outside after the break time and count the pieces and type of litter that is left in the playground.”
“We could draw a map and mark places that have more litter. Then we can try to find out why more litter is dropped in some places that others.” Great thinking!
“Everyday we can look outside to see how many animals we can see.”
“Maybe we can make a list and take photos of all the different trees and plants in our school.”
“We can check the water bill to see how much water we use each month.”
“We could find out how many bottles of water are used in the drinking machines each week.”
“We could make a map of the school and see what fraction is covered by natural vs manmade materials.”
“We could take photos to compare how the school looks now and after we make some changes.”
“We could visit the Central Weather Bureau and see records for how weather has changed in Taiwan over the last fifty years.”
“We could ask students, parents and staff about how they come to school.”
“We could see if cars and buses turn off their engines when waiting outside of school.”
“We can check to see if there is a good place for people to store bikes at school.”
“We can look at, and classify, what kind of snacks are eaten at school by each class.”
“We can ask how much exercise, or time spent outside each student has a week.”
“We need to eat at least five fruit and vegetable a day, so maybe we can count how many each students eats when they are at school.”
The eco-school environmental review is now underway at TES primary school! Classes throughout the school have signed up to take part, and of course the Green Thinkers will be on the case to provide us with more insights. Watch this space to see how this process progresses!