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National Framework

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"We can all adopt sustainable development, respecting both man and nature - and alter our production and consumption habits. Everyone can make a difference, starting right now."

The National Framework section introduces eight ‘doorways’ through which schools may choose to initiate or extend their sustainable school activity. It focuses on ways in which sustainable development can be embedded into whole school management practices and provides practical guidance to help schools operate in a more sustainable way.

Each doorway may be approached individually, though schools will find that many of the doorways are actually interconnected. For example, an interest in food and drink may lead to the growing of fresh vegetables in the school grounds, composting and conservation, all features of the Buildings and Grounds doorway. In turn this may spark an interest in other activities such as waste and recycling (the Consumption and Waste doorway) or collecting rain water and renewable energy watering systems (the Energy and Water doorway). While a collective whole school approach is recommended, either approach offers opportunities for improvement across the school’s curriculum, campus, and its relationship with the local community.

Each doorway above is accompanied by a long-term expectation clarifying where government would like schools to be by the year 2020. While every school is starting from a different position, with different priorities and needs, all schools can take some immediate action to meet these targets.

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