With this summer’s Green Day now complete, it is worth looking in detail at the events at just one school.
There is plenty to choose from. Schools all over the country got involved, running special assemblies, inviting in guest speakers and in some cases dedicating the entire day’s schooling to Green Day and its lessons about how climate change is affected by the buildings and spaces around us.
Andrew Jones, the LI’s education & careers officer, visited Corelli College in Greenwich, London, one of the many schools across the UK that decided to run their Green Day on Friday 28 June. At Corelli College, all 1500 pupils were involved in their second ‘TASC’ day of the year (‘Thinking Actively in a Social Context;), the first of which was hosted by Greenpeace.
The day’s events centred around a competition between all the tutor groups in the school, to produce a project that included 3D models of their school incorporating ideas such as green-roofed educational areas, alongside a set of proposals for teachers and school governors to consider in order to make Corelli College more sustainable.
Drafted in as one of the judges for the competition – and with a trip to the top of the Shard up for grabs for the winning tutor group – Jones was struck by the thoughtful engagement that the students had with the aims of Green Day as well as the enthusiasm that they all showed for thinking about design and sustainability at their school.
‘There were more than 50 entries to the competition and many of them were of an extremely high quality, clearly showing that students had spent the day thinking closely about how they used the spaces in their school – and the implications this had for the Corelli College community, their surrounding Greenwich – and the UK climate as whole,’ he said.
If any LI members are interested in getting involved in the Green Day project when it runs again next June – and possibly visiting a local school to speak at an assembly about the work of landscape professionals, then please email Andrew Jones on email@example.com