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Helping Schools
Imagine And Create
Sustainable Communities

Partnering with schools get to become carbon neutral

Partnering
With Schools
To Become
Carbon Neutral

climate change

Empowering Students
To Lead The Transition
To A Sustainable Future

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Working With
Students To Design
And Implement
Practical Solutions

As the world sets sustainability goals for 2050...

…and puts in place the policies and technology necessary to ensure a sustainable future, one thing is missing from conversation: the role of education.

 

In the next 30 years, 1.2 million school students will graduate in Hong Kong, making up nearly 40% of the workforce. Another 10% of the population will still be in school.

 

As future leaders of businesses, schools, universities, and government departments – and as citizens – these students will be the ones called upon to lead the transition to a more sustainable future. Are we equipping them with the tools and eco stewardship skills to succeed in this task?

7.4

MILLION KM
every day

travelled by
school students
in Hong Kong

COMMUTING

99
%

of energy used
for transport in
Hong Kong is
fossil fuel based

COMMUTING

6.3

MILLION KG
each year

food waste
from school
students
in Hong Kong

FOOD WASTE

98
%

of food waste
in Hong Kong
ends up in
landfill

FOOD WASTE

2.5

MILLION ITEMS
every year

uniform items
purchased by
school students
in Hong Kong

UNIFORMS

96
%

of fabric
in Hong Kong
end up in
landfill

UNIFORMS

4.2

MILLION SHEETS
each day

paper
used by schools
in Hong Kong

PAPER

50

thousand trees
were cut
down to provide
this

PAPER

600

MILLION KWH
every year

electricity
consumed by
schools
in Hong Kong

ELECTRICITY

1

ISLAND
you would have
to cover all of
Cheung Chau Island with solar to produce this cleanly

ELECTRICITY

Mission

Metanoia is a Greek word meaning “a transformation of heart and mind leading to a change of “behavior”.

 

As sustainability consultants to schools, we provide whole-school sustainability audits and authentic project based learning opportunities to support the growth of green schools in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.

Using the campus as a living laboratory, we engage, educate and empower students to transform their school communities into models of sustainability, inspiring lasting behavior change in the process. Through this process students develop the practical skills in eco stewardship and learn how to be effective change makers in the wider world.

The four C’s of a sustainable school

Campus

Campus

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.

 

But there are multiple ways to improve the environmental performance of a campus – from energy efficient appliances to design retrofits, low impact cleaning materials and green landscaping and they’re all a source of learning opportunities to supplement what’s taught in the classroom.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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 environment challenges.

 

A comprehensive experiential eco-literacy curriculum is embedded in the campus and everything the school does, from the way the buildings are designed, to the type of food served in the canteen and how decisions are made. There’s material here for every subject and every grade level.

Community

Community

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

 

These skills are among those the students will need to tackle our many environmental challenges. The road to becoming a sustainable school therefore offers many opportunities for staff and students to model and learn these skills.

Culture

Culture

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.

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