Promoting an eco-friendly attitude in schools is a great way to drive change and improve students’ environmental awareness.
Green schools are not only environmentally friendly but also generate cost savings in the form of reduced water and energy use.
To go all-out green, consider making changes to your school space design by introducing the following:
School LED lighting is the highest trending energy-saving measure right now reducing energy by 60-90% and saving thousands of pounds too.
As well as energy and cost, LED lighting improves the learning and working environments for students and teachers alike by improving mood and performance with different colour temperature options.
An example of energy-efficient lighting is power down LED lights that turn off when people are no longer in the room, ensuring you don’t use energy unnecessarily and waste money.
Not only do plants help to instil a greener aesthetic, but they significantly increase concentration levels and improve air quality.
Plants add a sense of serenity to space when incorporated in an appropriate colour scheme and promote better learning by encouraging creativity among students.
They could also be a good classroom activity for children to learn more about plants, the science and to encourage responsibility on how to keep them alive!
The iPad Revolution
Children learning with the use of an iPad is a controversial topic due to “screen time” but they promote a more creative way of learning and research has found that they can boost language and social interaction.
As well as the learning benefits, iPads should be embraced to reduce paper wastage, your carbon footprint and in turn saving money too.
VOC stands for ‘volatile organic compounds’, which are harmful to students’ health. VOC can be found in paint, household products, furniture carpets and more, so make sure these items chosen have low or zero VOC content.
A product with low VOC will lower the indoor air pollution and have a positive effect on breathing which should be a factor for school gyms.
School Furniture and Materials
Start putting your best foot forward in regard to reducing the use of single-use plastics and other over-produced materials that are putting a strain on the environment.
Quality of materials used and the construction of furniture usually equates to its durability and longevity which is an important factor to ensure it withstands it’s the daily use.
We can recommend furniture designers and suppliers who use reclaimed/recycled or natural materials for your furniture requirements.
Eco Air Conditioning and Heating
As well as incorporating energy-efficient lighting, having control over the temperature of a classroom will benefit the pupils learning.
Student’s won’t be distracted from their work by being too hot or too cold and uncomfortable, so their concentration and focus will be better.
It will also reduce the schools expenditure and reduce the energy bill by having an efficient heating system as well benefitting the environment as a whole.
Waterless Urinals and Sensor Taps
Replaceable cartridges, built-in traps or valve barrier systems are choices for school washroom refurbishments and all will combat odour problems, blockages and save on water.
Sensor taps conserve water, often have a slow flow rate with taps working intuitively.
Ecological and Natural Fabrics
The rising trend for the use of natural materials, such as hessian, will feature in schools looking to enhance their green credentials.
Through choice, schools of the future will be making eco-conscious decisions as they plan future refurbishments.
The use of natural materials will give classroom areas a sense of bringing the outdoors in.
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