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A Student-Centred Approach to Whole School Sustainability Transformation

Teaching & Learning
Capacity Building

We work with all stakeholders in the school community to envision and deliver ambitious versions of their aspirations - like becoming a carbon-neutral or zero-waste school.

What We Do

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Student-Centered Sustainability Audits

to provide data on your school’s environmental footprint and recommendations about how to improve it

Sustainability Curriculum Mapping

to assist you to embed learning for sustainability through all grades and subjects

Carbon Literacy Courses

to inspire behaviour change leading to a lower carbon lifestyle

Decarbonisation Feasibility Study

to confirm your zero carbon aspirations are possible

Project Based Learning

to unlock the sustainability learning embedded in the school's campus and daily life

Education for Sustainability Workshops

to engage teachers through industry-leading CPD-accredited training

Sustainability Metrics Dashboard

to make key sustainability data widely available and enable you to monitor sustainability KPIs

Capacity Building

to support your school to develop in-house capacity in sustainability and education for sustainability

21st Century Skills Development

to equip your students with the skills they need to lead the transition to a sustainable future

Sustainability Communications

to develop strategies and narratives for communicating your sustainability journey

Sustainability Governance Assessment

to review how sustainability is governed at your school using our 5 dimensions model

Sustainability Policy Development

to institutionalise your sustainability practices

Solar Design and Installation

to unlock energy-efficiency and cost-saving opportunities on your campus

Carbon Neutral Road-Mapping

to plot your journey to carbon neutrality

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‘A transformation of heart and mind leading to a change in behaviour’

This describes what happens when students are effectively engaged in the rich sustainability learning opportunities their campuses offer.

Our Whole School Approach to Sustainability in Schools

A snapshot of what we’ve learnt so
far about schools

Based on over 200 sustainability self-assessment submissions from school leaders around the world.



Only 5% of schools have established sustainable procurement policies.



71% of schools are not embedding sustainability into their curriculum.



Only 33% of schools partner with their community on sustainability.



Only 19% of schools have a long-term vision for sustainability included in their strategic plan.



Only 16% of responding schools measure and communicate sustainability performance against KPIs.

A Whole School Approach to Sustainability in Schools






Many schools aspire to the ideal of a sustainable campus, but live with the reality of older buildings that weren’t designed to the highest environmental standards. Working with students, Metanoia evaluates a school’s operations and services to gain insights into its environmental footprint, providing a baseline for future planning, and recommendations for improvement.

To develop eco-literate students with the capacity to create and lead a sustainable society, we must do more than teach about sustainability, we must equip them with the skills and competencies to tackle real-world environmental challenges.

Sustainability is a community practice – it depends on a network of relationships inside and outside the school, relationships that require effective collaboration and cooperative decision-making to maintain.

Sustainable schools have a culture of sustainability. They do more than teach sustainability and model it in certain ways – their commitment to it is reflected in their mission and values, they integrate it into their governance and operations, including: long term strategy, policy, decision making, target setting, partnerships with suppliers and daily practices, and they continuously engage a wide range of students, parents, staff and members of the external community in sustainability initiatives.

Sustainable schools understand the fundamental role of communication in supporting the other 4Cs and embedding sustainability in the ethos culture and everyday practises of the school community. Sustainable schools develop communication strategies, dialogues and narratives that facilitate and enrich their sustainability journey.

Our Clients

Metanoia's Audit recognised as an exemplary practice

Whole School Approaches to Sustainability

Exemplary practices from around the world

"Metanoia’s expertise is broad and includes energy efficiency (of lighting, air-conditioning, buildings), building-integrated solar energy design and installation, food and food waste, sustainable school uniforms, sustainability communication, biodiesel-from-waste, carbon auditing, offsetting, Education for Sustainability (EfS), and governance for sustainability."

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How We Do It



We cultivate a wider conversation about sustainability across the school community, engaging stakeholders through narrative, data, art and dialogue - as well as conventional communications.


We help students and their schools envision a sustainable future by facilitating the development a long-term sustainability strategy to reduce the school's environmental footprint.


We provide technical expertise and funding solutions to support schools to implement the findings of the review and track their progress towards realising their vision. Are you ready to commit to becoming a carbon neutral school?


Our sustainability consultants provide expertise, build capacity and support a school's long-term transition to becoming a more sustainable school community.


Through rigorous student-led investigations we review the school's sustainability in every aspect, from energy and travel to curriculum and governance. Our whole school approach examines every aspect of a school's operations.

We engage, empower, and educate students and school communities to review, understand, and transform their environmental footprint.

Want to reduce the carbon footprint of your school and involve your students in a unique learning experience?

A Metanoia Success Story - Chinese International School

The first International School in Asia to commit to becoming zero-waste and carbon neutral.

“The team at Metanoia is extraordinary. Their technical expertise across all aspects of school sustainability is astonishingly comprehensive and always accessible. Yet it is the depth of understanding and intelligence which they bring to their student-centered approach that is most impressive. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Sean Lynch

Head of School, Chinese International School

How sustainable is your school?

Take our 5-minute school sustainability assessment and find out

Upon completion, we’ll send you a confidential report with a summary of your results, recommendations for how to become a more sustainable school, and a snapshot of how you’re doing compared to other schools around the world.

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Emma graduated with distinction from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biochemistry. Since graduating, she has worked in the education sector throughout Asia.

She has experience in Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience, SDG-Academy. In Emma’s spare time she wrote for an environmental think-tank, covering topics ranging from sustainable diets and lifestyles to biodiversity loss and conservation initiatives. Through her work at Metanoia, Emma is fulfilling a lifelong ambition of working in sustainability for education. She is currently working on applied sustainability audits in schools with the aim of helping them become net-zero institutions.

Her areas of interest include sustainability education, biodiversity loss, sustainable diets, and plastic pollution.

Kiran is an Environment and Sustainability masters graduate from Monash University, Australia. As a former digital marketer, she has experience in project management, campaign execution and brand development for multiple start-up companies.

Through Metanoia, she has applied her knowledge in sustainability communications and stakeholder engagement to drive behaviour change and whole school engagement within schools across Asia. Kiran also brings waste expertise to the team from auditing, reporting and providing innovative and circular solutions. Outside of work, Kiran likes to engage in environmental activism; from working with non-profits to reduce plastic pollution, to advocating for animal rights.

Her passion lies in water sanitation and sustainable agricultural practices.