Environmental Responsibility: Checklist for ELT schools
  • The school has a CSR policy or statement covering environmental responsibility 1
  • The policy is made available to staff, students, parents, accommodation providers
  • Staff induction includes environmental issues and responsibilities 2
  • We have taken action to reduce transport emissions in the UK 3
  • We have taken action to compensate for unavoidable transport emissions from student and staff flights 4
  • Staff understand their role as influencers 5
  • Students understand their environmental responsibilities during their stay
  • We have discussed environmental responsibility with the host school / accommodation provider
  • We have communicated any host school / provider environmental initiatives to staff and students
  • We have taken action to reduce food waste 6
  • We encourage alternatives to meat 6
  • We have taken action to reduce paper waste 7
  • We have taken action to reduce ink waste 7
  • We have taken action to reduce plastic waste 7
  • We have taken action to reduce energy (lighting / electricity) usage 8
  • We have taken action to reduce chemical waste 9
  • We have taken action to reduce water usage 9
  • We have taken action to reduce litter
  • We talk to suppliers (of food, transport, stationery, books, insurance, etc) about their environmental credentials and favour those who demonstrate environmental responsibility.
  • We communicate our environmental concerns and suggestions to local (eg. local authority) and national (eg. Member of Parliament) political representatives.
  • We have given thought to reducing the number of / extending the life of course books
  • We arrange excursions into the countryside or urban natural areas 10
  • We organise documentaries and films around environmental issues 11
  • Teaching materials include environmental issues
  • Teaching includes out-of-class nature-based learning 12
  • We organise social activities and excursions to deepen students’ connection with nature 13
  • We consult staff and students on ways to further reduce waste
  • We provide students and staff with ‘good news’ environmental stories 14
  • We communicate our environmental initiatives on social media – #eltfootprint
  • We refer staff to relevant online forums for further discussion about environmental responsibility in ELT 15
  • We provide support for students or staff who feel emotionally distressed about environmental issues 16


Environmental Responsibility Checklist notes

  1. See Study Travel Magazine special report, Contents page 58
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