The Charter is our compass and our promise to each other and to our students, to operate according to a set of guiding principles related to sustainability. Heads of Schools sign the Charter when they join The Alliance as an expression of their commitment to prioritise sustainability in all aspects of their operations and decision-making.

The Sustainable Schools Charter

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

As signatories to this Charter, we recognize the following three principles:

  • We have an ethical obligation as educators to provide students, as the future global leaders and decision makers, with a thorough, science- based understanding of the nature of environmental, social, and economic sustainability challenges for their benefit and the benefit of future generations;
  • We have a civic obligation for our schools to serve as models within the community to promote a sustainable and healthy global future through the prudent utilization of natural resources; and
  • We have a social obligation to work collaboratively with all global stakeholders to achieve the aims of this charter.

We commit our schools to act in support of sustainability by pledging to:

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.

可持續發展學校約章

我們的共同使命是要啟發學生終生熱愛學習,使我們的學生具備技能與知識,成為負責任、具國際視野的地球護育者,一起努力建立可持續發展的未來。我們意識到當前生態危機的嚴重性,包括氣候變化、生物多樣性喪失、森林砍伐、污染和水資源短缺,凡此種種都為我們的學生和全球社會的健康和福祉帶來挑戰。作為可持續發展的護育者,我們深感守護者有共同責任,為了未來的世代關愛地球。

各締約方願加入世界各地眾多機構的行列,承諾應對可持續發展的挑戰,建立一個合作共同體,喚起全球關注並付諸行動,支持全人類的可持續生活。

作為本約章之締約方,我們確認以下三項原則:

  • 為教育工作者,我們有責任為將來成為全球領導者及決策者的學生,提供全面、科學的理論基礎,理解環境、社會及經濟可持續性的挑戰,成就自身和未來世代的福祉;
  • 們對學校有公民義務,藉着謹慎使用自然資源,推動可持續及健全的未來世界,作為社群中的典範;以及
  • 們有社會責任與所有全球持份者攜手合作,以實現本約章的目標。

我們承諾我校不遺餘力地推動可持續發展:

校內推行具體措施,培養學生作為可持續發展護育者所需具備的知識、技能及能力;

視我們的政策及機構運作,訂立減少能源消耗、溫室氣體排放、用水和廢物的目標;

們的建築環境盡可能與可持續發展的設計原則保持一致;

持及訂立設施、研究及教育計劃,在校內創建一個以可持續發展為本的「生活實驗室」;

過與本約章的精神一致的原則所訂立的目標,提升我們學校的運作效率和管理資源的消耗;

校內利用機會,透過跨學科提升學生理解氣候變化和可持續發展對環境、社會及經濟環環相扣的挑戰;

找機會與想法一致的社區群體建立合作連繫,以實現本約章的目標;以及

過可持續發展學校聯盟(TheAllianceforSustainableSchools),與我們社群的持份者及本約章締約方分享關鍵的可持續發展目標和最佳實踐。

Sign the Charter to become a member of The Alliance and join other schools around the region working for a sustainable future