Our common mission is to inspire a lifelong love of learning, and equip our students with the skills and knowledge to become responsible and empowered global stewards who work collaboratively to build a sustainable future for our planet. We recognize the seriousness of our ecological crises – including climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, pollution and water scarcity – and the challenges they pose for the health and wellbeing of our students and the global community. As sustainability stewards, we recognize our shared responsibility as caretakers to care for our planet on behalf of future generations.
The signatories wish to join the many institutions around the world who have pledged their commitment to respond to these sustainability challenges by building a collaborative community of global awareness and action in support of sustainable living for all humanity
Develop practices within our schools that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to become sustainability stewards;
Review our own policies and institutional operations to establish targets for the reduction of energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and waste;
Align where possible our built environment with sustainable design principles;
Support and establish facilities, research, and education programs designed to create a “living laboratory” for sustainability within our schools;
Enhance operational efficiencies and manage consumption of resources in our schools through target-setting aligned with the spirit of this charter;
Utilize opportunities in our schools to enhance students’ understanding of the inter-related environmental social and economic challenges of climate change and sustainability across all fields of study;
Seek opportunities to establish collaborative links with like-minded community entities in pursuit of the aims of this Charter;
Share key sustainability targets and best practices with our community stakeholders and Charter signatories through The Alliance for Sustainable Schools.