Be inspired

To help you on your environmental journey, we want to share as many inspiring examples of UK ELT organisations taking environmental responsibility as possible.

If you would like your organisation to be included, just let us know what you are doing. We would love to hear from publishers, administrative bodies, agents and conference organisers as well as English language schools.

Everything adds up.

English language schools

Discovery Summer

Will offset carbon emissions on flights in and out of the UK for all residential students and staff.

EC English

“Reduced their carbon footprint by 52% over the last eight years, with offsetting investments in hydropower plants, deforestation programmes, tree-planting schemes and solar power projects. EC’s UK operation is carbon neutral, with long-term plans to expand this to all territories.” (Study Travel Network)

ECS – English Country Schools

Wide-ranging commitment to zero-carbon, environmentally responsible operation through reductions, carbon compensation and influencing.

ELAC Study Vacations

Have implemented an initiative for 2021 to move to a carbon neutral organisation.

IH – International House

Wide ranging encouragement to environmental sustainability through its ‘Protecting our Planet’ badge.

Liverpool School of English

Has been running a Green Group since January 2020 to ‘collectively take action so teachers and English language learners work together to make our school, local area and shared lifestyles more sustainable.’

The London School of English

See policy #15 – is one of a few schools that actually have an environmental policy, with a designated Environmental Officer who reviews performance and seeks to make further improvements.

Nile ELT

Has introduced a green lead to keep environment on the agenda, provide free water bottles, subsidised bamboo cups and have negotiated local discounts for using them. They have also introduced a book swap library and encourage cycling.

Regent London School of English

Has banned plastics folders, sleeves, soap bottles, cups and lamination. They offer only vegetarian or vegan food in catering and use freecycle and composting. They also provide lots of environmental information in lessons.

Publishers

Publishers have so far been less forthcoming, but National Geographic Learning has provided this statement outlining its actions.

Associations & industry organisations

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Service providers

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