Eco School Certification
Becoming an Eco School
In 2016, ISPP decided to join the Eco-Schools programme, with the goal of earning the Green Flag. The Green Flag is awarded when the School meets a number of set criteria. Eco Schools encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it.
From the classroom to the school campus, initiatives will spread change in the local community.
Through the Eco Schools programme, ISPP students will experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of our school.
The process involves identifying three themes, which at ISPP are: Waste, Energy and Global Citizenship. A school-wide action plan will focus the students’ attention towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag.
We see the Eco-Schools programme as an ideal way for the ISPP community to improve the environment in both the school campus and the local Chak Angre community, while having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, staff and local authorities.
In 2017-2018, ISPP will be auditing its curriculum to ensure a thread of environmental education flows from Early Years focusing on the natural elements, through to the Diploma Programme’s Environmental Systems and Societies course.
Along with Learning and Community, Environment is also one of the three pillars of ISPP's Strategic Plan 2016-19. Achieving the standards for an Eco School is one of its strategic goals, and the school will also environmentally maintain its facilities to a high quality and promote environmental consciousness within the school community.
Here's how ISPP is already helping the environment
ISPP’s campus has been designed with the environment in mind. The school recycles its wastewater, using an underground Klargester wastewater treatment plant. The plant removes most impurities from sewage and greywater and the finished product is approximately 96% pure. The reclaimed water is pumped to a storage tank and from there it is used as irrigation water for the sports fields.
To reduce its carbon footprint and the dependency upon traditional power stations, ISPP introduced a 200kW solar power generating system in 2016. As well as being beneficial to the environment and reducing greenhouse gases, we have seen our monthly energy costs reduce significantly. We expect that the system will have paid for itself in just over 6 years. The lifespan of photovoltaic cells is between 20 - 25 years, so ISPP can devote more of its resources to worthy causes.
The school is considering increasing the solar generating system by a further 800kW so that we will have 1mW of capacity. This will have a greater impact upon reducing our carbon footprint as well as producing cost savings.
ISPP’s students are actively involved in recycling - they take food waste from the cafeteria and add it to the school’s three compost bins. After the food waste has degraded sufficiently, the compost is used as natural fertilizer for the range of trees and flowers spread around the campus.
To complement the Butterfly Garden, where students can observe the life cycle of butterflies at close quarters, students have requested that ISPP install beehives. Bees are some of nature’s hardest workers and their role in our environment cannot be underestimated due to the important part that they play in pollinating flowers, trees and plants. ISPP is presently exploring this idea further.
A further student-led initiative aims reduce reliance on paper towels in bathrooms. Instead they would be replaced with electrically-powered hand dryers. This will reduce waste and, even with increased electricity use, it is still more environmentally friendly to use low power hand driers. ISPP will install suitable hand dryers in bathrooms within the next few months.