SUSchool Goes National

The nationally acclaimed SUSchool project,which helps schools become more sustainable and eco-friendly, has reacted tothe increasing demand for its services and extended its membership scheme toschools and organisations across the UK.

Set up in 2000, SUSchool supports andencourages whole school communities to learn about and practise Education forSustainable Development. All members have full access to the SUSchool website,which was described by environment campaigner, Jonathon Porritt, as: ‘an idealtool’.

In addition to online resources, theproject offers educational aides, such as lesson plans, a detailed database ofinformation and a welcome pack of posters and learning tools. Based at theAlternative Technology Centre in HebdenBridge, Yorkshire,SUSchool also runs a range of workshops for young people at the centre and itdelivers outreach work to school and other interested youth groups.

The project is fully committed to aninclusive and positive approach to sustainability and is fully linked into theNational Curriculum. ‘We initiated and developed SUSchool in consultation withlocal teachers,’ says Co-ordinator Gail Hirsch. ‘They told us what they wantedand we did our best to give it to them. We don’t dictate to schools. Ourexperience is that inspiration is the best driver of change, so we engage withwhat-ever the school is inspired by, at what ever level they are at”.

Contact: Gail Hirsch, HebdenBridge Alternative Technology Centre,Hebble End Mill, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6HJ. Tel: 01422 8421 21


Gail Hirsch with SUSchool’s pupils Photo: ©SUSchool

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