IICS aspires to develop students who demonstrate respect for the environment. They will be ready with the skills and motivation to take positive action in caring for our planet. Students will be aware of the wider world and have a sense of their own roles and responsibilities within it, based on the values of respect, care and compassion for ourselves, others and our environment. As a community we will take responsibility for our actions and have an understanding and inclusion of all people and perspectives.
The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life, without compromising future generations. This means finding ways to improve our lives without damaging the environment, and without accumulating problems for future generations, or transferring them to other parts of society or the world.
A sustainable school prepares young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through its teaching, its culture and its day-to-day practices. It connects lessons from nature to a relevant and effective preparation for a fast-changing future. The school provides opportunities for students to engage in authentic learning in their communities and take action.
The IB curriculum provides a context that enables meaningful connections between learning areas, key concepts and IB learner profile and attitudes. Learning about sustainibilty will develop learners who are informed decision makers and connected to the land and the environment. This will be taught within the school’s existing curriculum and will not stand alone.
A. Create a healthy, ecological, economically and socially responsible learning environment for all students and staff and make the school a model of best practice for the whole community. This includes reducing IICS’s carbon footprint.
B. Raise awareness within our school community of global sustainibility issues, what we IICS is doing within our community and what we can do.
C. Integrate ecological sustainability, environmental health, nutrition, personal responsibility and leadership within our curriculum.
D. Develop students who can play a significant role in creating sustainable communities. Create future leaders who understand how to make informed decisions and take action.
E. Embed a culture of sustainability within our school and wider community to ensure that best practice is maintained and developed over the years to come.
A. Establish a committee for environmental sustainability (Green Team) to ensure sustainable practices are continued despite the transient nature of an International school. The committee will be a representative group (students, parents, teachers, grounds staff, administration etc).
B. The Board and Administration will will take into account sustainability when decision making. (e.g, building of a new campus, renovations, purchasing resources, etc).
C. Integrate within the existing curriculum an environmental connection during teacher planning sessions, for example, within the PYP planners a section ‘Sustainable Environmental Connection’ is incorporated and in the MYP, many units make links to the ‘environments’ area of interaction.
D. Share and celebrate environmental practices, goals and action with the community through ICT, assemblies, permanent bulletin board in foyer, the school website etc.
E. Set up a resource bank to support teachers in their environmentally sustainable education. It will include materials, people, equipment and organisations. This resource bank will be stored on Google Drive and can be added to by all teachers.
F. Ensure the Action Plan is monitored, prioritized and updated annually by the environmental committee.
G. Use resources in a sustainable way by utilizing energy efficiently and by incorporating clean, renewable technologies in existing buildings and in new construction.
H. Consider sustainability in purchasing, consumption and waste management (eg. food, water usage, transport, educational materials, office supplies) in order to implement improvements to reduce IICS’s carbon footprint.
I. Consider developing the Marmara Campus to support the education of sustainably aware students who are connected to the environment. Establish outdoor learning programs such as orienteering, rope courses, gardens, greenhouse for botanical studies.
This policy was written by the Green Curriculum Working Group in 2011/2012. It was ratified by IICS Administration Team in June 2012. It will be shared with staff and parents at the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year. The policy will be posted on the school website and stored on Google Drive. It is the responsibility of the Committee for Environmental Sustainability (Green Team) to review the policy annually and report on progress of the Action Plan. They will also coordinate the ongoing development of the Action Plan.
The Green group are indebted to the following sources their inspiration: