Led by a powerful coalition of sustainability organisations, Let’s Go Zero is uniting and supporting UK schools working to become zero carbon by 2030.

WhY SCHOOLS?

Withschool-aged children in 42% of all UK households, our classrooms can inspire progress right across communities. Change in schools is already helping whole families (as well as school staff) see the many benefits of thinking and acting more sustainably. Low-carbon schools plant bright ideas in our homes, streets and workplaces.

From schemes busting air pollution outside the school gates to delicious plant-based menus, there are loads of ways for schools to show how straightforward and rewarding climate action can be. Let’s Go Zero helps amplify these achievements, inspiring others and sparking a whole society response to the climate crisis. 

This November, the pivotal COP26 climate talks will take place in Glasgow. These will set a pathway for the global community for years to come. All eyes will be on the UK for a positive lead. 

Schools will play a critical role in helping the UK cut carbon emission levels. In fact, they have the power to prevent 625,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Across a single school or academy chain, interventions such as lowering electricity use or boosting the energy-efficiency of buildings have a huge impact.

It’s vital that come November the UK is ready to showcase this practical, achievable way of creating big emission cuts.

Discover how schools are cutting their emissions:

Transport

Transport

  • Implementing active travel schemes to encourage walking and cycling to school
  • Signing up to the Sustrans School Streets programme
  • Students and staff using liftshare apps
  • Moving to electric school buses

Waste

Waste

  • Collecting food waste and recycling separately
  • Setting up second hand school uniform sales
  • Bringing old mobile phones in for recycling
  • Putting a 'zero to landfill' waste contract in place

Food

Food

  • Signing up to #NoBeef Movement (no beef or lamb served)
  • Suppling Fairtrade food
  • Registering for Soil Association's Food for Life scheme
  • Growing and using food on-site

Water

Water

  • Adding timers to taps to reduce wastage
  • Harvesting rainwater using water butts
  • Installing a smart meter to capture daily information, engage students and provide tracking data

Nature

Nature

  • Setting up a garden club
  • Organising tree planting initiatives
  • Planting of pollinator-friendly herbaceous beds
  • Creating green spaces on-site to improve biodiversity
  • Stopping the use of peat and pesticides

Energy

Energy

  • Organising student-led energy audits
  • Holding 'low electricity' or 'no electricity' days
  • Installing biomass boiler or ground source heat pumps
  • Installing solar panels and wind turbines

Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Teaching how our students are ‘stewards for the environment' in RE
  • Using school's food waste data to plot graphs in Maths
  • Translating school's eco code into different languagesin MFL classes

Procurement

Procurement

  • Using only FSC paper
  • Using catering suppliers that provide straw free drink cartons
  • Supplying food in low or no plastic packaging
  • Writing sustainable procurement into the school sustainability policy

Young people are already calling for climate action. They know it will bring them cleaner, fairer communities now, as well as a safer future.

By putting climate action atthe heart of everyday school life, Let’s Go Zero creates powerful learning opportunities. These equip young people for the green jobs and opportunities of the future.

But taking action alsoempowersyoung people to respond to an issue they care about – one that deeply affects them and the people they love. 

It’s crucial that the UK’s low-carbon transformation leaves no-one behind. Focusing on schools prepares every single young person for the change ahead, leaving them ready to enjoy the benefits and opportunities a zero carbon future will bring. 

"The importance of a campaign like Let’s Go Zero should not be underestimated. To start with, it's playing a fundamental role in bringing schools and the education system on board in fighting the climate crisis. But it's also enabling schools to lead by example in inspiring the young people it educates about how to act on climate change and keeping the earth’s health at the heart of every decision we make."