With the amount of awareness of the present generation, students have almost everyone would like to have an eco-friendly classroom. Although sustainability is easy to plan, its implementation especially on educational grounds would be difficult because the ideas would be of all participating members, which is the institution, students, and teachers yet it is mostly funded by the institute ERP.
However, schools can still start as small steps toward sustainability rather than adapting the most severe ones such as installing solar panels, going to the extremes for saving and recycling, etc. Since most institutions are following digital solutions, they look forward to using the best school management software which is not only easy to access and use by everyone but also eco-friendly in the terms that it does not drain too much charge from student and teacher devices. Designing software as such is not very efficient because ultimately the amount of money invested in this would result in the production process of the software which is not eco-friendly.
Let us take a look at these simple tips to have eco-friendly classrooms;
Minimize paper wastes
We’ve already been doing this since the beginning of the pandemic because there was no way of submitting paperwork or assignments physically to the school. making notes over or digital device and sharing them with others is much easier, and paper-saving.
For hybrid and offline classes which have already started in full swing, teachers can try to reduce the amount of paper waste by assigning a particular number of sheets to every student when doing class work. They can indefinitely go grab more but they should have the general idea of finishing in as little paper as possible.
Awareness about how papers are made from trees, and trees are the basic units of our life turn also teaches students important lessons about being eco-friendly, respecting nature and the environment, and saving it. Research has shown that when students are practically taught to not only rely on nature but also respect it, they turn out to be more eco-friendly.
Rely on natural light
Natural light is the way to go for all people who want to start small on being eco-friendly. Although there are many ways to do it, it has certain limitations and cannot be applied in dark places and at night. Morning and day schools should make the most out of natural light by opening windows, and switching off other lights and electronics when not needed.
Some institutions also rely on ecological end claves where environment-friendly actions are promoted so much that they are allowed to attend the classes outdoors most of the time and rely on natural lights. Hence, simply wanting to use the natural light is not enough, the school faculty needs to have the resources to arrange so many students in such a place where natural light is available in abundance.
Encourage recycling and reusing
Students learn to recycle and reuse from a very young age when their creative skills are still developing and they are learning to do certain sorts of arts and crafts themselves, at school and home. This habit remains with them as they grow up, and they develop a habit of trying to save and reuse everything.
They should learn to save water because although available in abundance then wasted we are wasting the efforts of people who have cleaned the water for our use, energy since it comes from an exhaustible resource, and plants.
Recycling is very different because it needs some innovation that might not come to them naturally. Teachers always teach students methods on how they can recycle plastic because that is not biodegradable and harms the environment. It is common for students to have their first plants in small reused plastic cups. This way, they are not only promoting afforestation but also recycling.
Take environmental projects
An environmental project is not as complex as it sounds, students simply have to go around doing some activities which are helpful to nature. Some of them might include planting trees around the school campus please sing some indoor fields inside classrooms, replacing classroom supplies with eco-friendly ones, replacing plastic items with more so stainable options, etc.