Sustainability

  

Esprit Scholen works on achieving the sustainable development goals with its own Sustainability Plan. We opt for a broad, coherent approach, by paying attention to:

  • what we learn - giving sustainability a permanent place in the curriculum;
  • how we learn - pedagogy and didactics for socio-environmental sustainability;
  • where we learn – aiming for climate-neutral buildings and circular operations;
  • from whom we learn - professional development of employees and
  • with whom we learn – connecting with our environment

The coming years we will do this by having a Sustainability Teachers Network, by encouraging students to form a green team and take initiatives in and around the school, and by working on a sustainable multi-year investment plan for our school buildings, among other things. Through professionalization and by participating in networks, we emphasize development and cooperation. This is not only challenging and fun, our students also ask for it.

Pedagogy and didactics

By having our students participate and by encouraging them to take sustainable action, the school makes a didactic choice. We encourage this. Several Esprit schools have students who are active in an eco/climate club, a gay-straight alliance (social sustainability) and/or a (green) student council. Going outside is also a pedagogical-didactic choice. With school gardens, garden days, an outdoor teacher or outdoor learning expert, we help students connect with the natural world around us.

Curriculum

The role sustainability has within the curricula of our schools differs. A few highlights are the fact that the Berlage Lyceum is the first secondary school in the Netherlands to teach the subject 'sustainability', that the AICS is an Eco School and Montessori School Landsmeer is in the process of being accredited as an Eco School. In the meantime, 40 Esprit teachers have joined the Sustainability Teachers' Network. This network strengthens the integration of sustainability in the curricula.

Operations

In 2022 Esprit started a CO2 baseline measurement to map out its own CO2 footprint. A CO2 reduction plan will follow. Our purchasing policy has a paragraph on sustainability, stating that in the things we purchase we want to contribute to our sustainability ambitions, including the field of personnel procurement. Sustainable employability makes up a separate paragraph in our strategic HR policy.

Some of the Esprit schools have school canteens or offer food to the students. Sustainability often plays a role in this. At some of the schools food is always vegetarian, at some schools they are working towards this. At other schools attention is paid to food waste or students are not allowed to bring cartons or food wrapped in single use plastic.

The Breikers Foundation has calculated for us that over 70% of Esprit employees could come to school by (electric) bicycle. Therefore the Esprit-bike project has started, aiming for sustainable mobility and health. All Esprit schools purchased one or more electric bicycles last year. Those e-bikes give employees the opportunity to cycle to and from work for a period of 6 weeks, to help them build new routines.

Buildings

Since 2019 our construction and furnishing projects have been designed and executed with  the following principles: Circularity, nature inclusiveness and energy neutrality. These principles have been carried out in:

  • the new construction of the AICS South;
  • the renovation of Berlage Lyceum;
  • the playground of the Europaschool;
  • the renovation of the AICS South East;
  • the new building of De Verwondering;
  • the renovation and adaptation of the ALASCA building;
  • the circular renovation of the facade of Mundus College;
  • the extension and renovation of the interior of Spring High, ALASCA, Berlage Lyceum, TASC, AICS South and AICS South East.

Esprit has a large warehouse with school furniture in which tables, chairs and cupboards can be stored and retrieved. Like this furniture does not have to be thrown away and less new school furniture has to be bought. Solar panels are installed at six of our schools and two more to come. In the coming year we will work on getting solar panels on even more of our school buildings. Five of our schools are already using district heating.

Professional development

We aim for all Esprit teachers who are looking for tools to embed sustainability in their teaching to be able to follow a course or training. The Esprit Academy will offer 3 different sustainability courses the coming year. The theme of sustainability comes up on the Esprit days for leadership, on study days and the ii&i day, so that in-depth joint efforts can also be made.

Environment

More and more of the Esprit schoolyards are greening. Nature inclusion played a major role in the design of the playground of the WSV and the Europaschool. Most schools are also looking for a sustainable connection and social cohesion with the neighborhood. Through outdoor lessons or a subject such as 'sustainability', students come into contact with the environment around the school. A start has been made with setting up sustainable networks. For education, this includes participation in the SustainaBul VO. In the field of buildings and operational management, Esprit participated in meetings of the “15% gas terug” action network.

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