One of the priorities of centres from the Best Schools in Spain network is to educate students that act responsibly with their surroundings, are aware of the importance of protecting the environment and actively advocate for sustainability. We believe that schools should be a springboard for structural change and a catalyst for human values based on sustainability.
We must work to ensure the social and environmental sustainability of schools and their surroundings through an innovative model that promotes the integration of environmental and social contents into various areas of the curriculum.
Below we present some of the most important initiatives, transformations and knowledge related to sustainability that we promote in our schools:
Mobility and climate change
- Encouraging students to walk, cycle or use public transport to go to and from school, thereby promoting their autonomy in the city.
- Integrating a new mobility culture into schools and the lifestyle of students, parents and teachers alike.
- Understanding the relationship between various forms of mobility and their consequences on climate change.
Energy and biodiversity
- Learning attitudes and habits that promote efficient energy consumption in the educational community.
- Identifying best practises related to energy consumption both in schools and homes.
- Recognising and valuing renewable energy sources and their introduction into our lives.
Nature and biodiversity
- Learning about urban biodiversity and the ecosystems that support it.
- Promoting attitudes and habits to conserve biodiversity in the school environment, in line with Spain’s national strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
- Improving green spaces in schools, creating more visually pleasing surroundings with better environmental quality that are of particular interest for biodiversity.
- Contributing to the creation and upkeep of organic school vegetable gardens as a teaching resource.
Consumption and natural resources
- Understanding the relationship of the environment, the economy and society with the consumption of natural resources, products and services.
- Learning rational service and product consumption attitudes and habits.
- Being aware of our consumption of materials and energy and the type and amount of waste we generate.
- Identifying the most environmentally-friendly products and services.
- Developing a simple system to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
- Encouraging students to adopt healthy eating habits and exercise on a regular basis to prevent obesity and other illnesses.
- Detecting obesity at an early stage and preventing its progression thanks to clinical assessments performed by primary healthcare professionals.
- Raising the awareness of society as a whole, and especially within the school setting, of the important role played by educators in this field.
- Creating a school and home environment that promotes healthy eating and regular exercise.
- Designing simple indicators that can be easily evaluated.