Advocating for Systems Change

At TASS, we advocate for higher standards of sustainability in the provision of goods and services to schools. We’re focused on systems change in four operational areas where major sustainability challenges and opportunities exist for all schools.

These challenges manifest every day in thousands of schools around the region and, in aggregate, they represent a major environmental impact. But while every individual school recognizes them, and many do their best to grapple with them, because they are systemic problems, they can most effectively be addressed by working together as an Alliance and leveraging our collective power.

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School Uniforms

It’s fact of life that students grow out of their uniforms quickly creating mountains of textile waste. What happens to it and how can we keep it to a minimum? TASS actively supports the use of sustainable materials and supply chains in school uniform design. We partner with schools and companies like Retykle to develop the market for second hand uniforms, maximize recycling and upcycling, and minimize textile waste to landfill.

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School Food

What we eat has a huge environmental impact, but the menu at most schools we talk to isn’t designed with sustainability in mind. By working with schools, students, food service providers, and industry partners to showcase sustainable options and influence attitudes and beliefs, TASS helps shift the menu towards more sustainable alternatives.

 

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School Buses

Every day thousands of students commute to and from school in buses that run on fossil fuels. This isn’t aligned with global climate goals. TASS advocates for the use of low carbon fuels and electric school buses. We connect school bus operators with best-in-class manufacturers and industry-leading practitioners so they can “get on board” with the effort to safeguard our children’s future.

 

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School Buildings

School buildings are generally not very energy efficient leading to higher than necessary carbon emissions and operating expenses. TASS promotes best practice in low-carbon and energy- efficient school building design and we work with architects, engineering firms, heads of school and building committees to envision and help create a more sustainable future.

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