Sustainability policy: guidance and examples

Find guidance on what to include in your school's sustainability policy, based on the DfE's sustainability and climate change strategy. Look at example statements for inspiration, and see examples of sustainability and environmental policies from other schools.

Last reviewed on 8 June 2023See updates
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  1. You're not required to have a sustainability policy
  2. What to include in your policy
  3. 1. Aims and values
  4. 2. Roles and responsibilities
  5. 3. Curriculum and learning
  6. 4. Food and catering
  7. 5. Waste and recycling
  8. 6. Energy and water
  9. 7. Transport and travel
  10. 8. Buildings and grounds
  11. Examples from other schools
  12. Extend your thinking beyond a single policy

You're not required to have a sustainability policy

However, it's a good idea to start thinking about how you'll make changes for better sustainable practices across your school. 

A sustainability policy can help you co-ordinate your school’s strategy as you prepare to create a climate action plan, as well as helping you to commit to making positive changes from today. These initiatives may also have other more immediate benefits, such as saving money and improving staff wellbeing. 

Decarbonisation – taking actions to reduce carbon emissions, e.g. becoming more energy efficient Adaptation and resilience – e.g. taking actions to reduce the risk of flooding and overheating Biodiversity – e.g. by engaging with the National Education Nature Park and Climate Action Awards Climate education and green careers – making sure the education you provide gives knowledge-rich and comprehensive teaching about climate

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