Our Eco Code
With significant environmental issues affecting our planet as a result of our over consumption of resources and unchecked human activity, the youth of today are fighting back and embracing environmental issues to tackle them head on. At Harrow Bangkok students, staff and parents work collaboratively to improve our environmental awareness and actions at school and home.
We have joined the Eco Schools programme which is an international movement empowering students to make a change in their community. Our students are required to reflect and review their school environment and create action plans to improve it, actively working together to achieve their goals. Our Global Leaders in Lower School and Eco Committee in Upper School work together with other members of our school community in order to reduce environmental impact and change lifestyles to be more eco-friendly.
Working in collaboration, we have generated our own Eco Code which we are using to guide and drive our environmental projects and eco-awareness and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Eco-school Silver Flag for our environmental efforts and progress!
We work together to reduce our energy and use of resources.
We care about all living things on land and in the sea.
We think first before we choose to use.
We continue to learn and raise awareness about the environment.
We will recycle effectively and make eco-changes to our lifestyles.
We will create sustainable solutions to environmental problems.
The Eco code is a guide which we have shared with students, teachers, parents, administrative staff, School leaders, Support Service and our alumni hoping that together we can make a difference. In order to achieve our goals, we use the curriculum, assemblies and presentations to educate our students, the Leadership in Action department to provide opportunities for students to broaden their horizons through activities and trips such as Rice Cropping and Harrow Ocean Warriors beach clean ups, energy data to quantify our consumption and meetings between students and our Operations department increase their involvement and understanding of the decision making in our school.
We’ve bought recycling bins for all classrooms and communal areas and pupils understand why we recycle and how to do it.
We worked with our facilities management team to look at where our waste goes and how they are used Pupils and Epicure have also looked at food waste and led sessions of waste awareness – looking at how much we choose for ourselves.
Pupils have tracked and kept records of classrooms which turn lights, monitors, whiteboards and air-conditioners off when not in use with light and energy monitors. Eco classes have been celebrated. We have spoken to and had inspirational talks from a company who specialise in renewal energies – including what we could possibly do for our school.
This is the understanding of plants and wildlife within our area. We have developed the use of our nature garden to ensure that pupils can learn in an outside area, take part in growing our own food and generally developing an understanding and appreciation of the life which surrounds us.
What we are now looking forward to is reviewing our work from this year and looking at what we can achieve in the next.
Transport, Energy and Waste are the Upper School’s chosen focus areas and Actions plans are now being put into operation. You will start to see some changes in the following areas as students with relevant members of the community to realise their aims.
This group has noted that air pollution is increasingly getting worse and that the traffic in the school is too much. They want to work to promote carpooling and electric car use. They want to encourage unnecessary use of the local roads and work with the Operations Department to look at the cost of the school buses, the routes taken and whether shuttle buses from the frontage road, could be an effective way of reducing these problems.
The Energy group is working with Operations Manager, Mr Chappell, to improve student and staff understanding of the school’s energy usage using the
monthly data that we collect from Green Yellow (the school’s energy management company). They are working to raise awareness of the problem of overuse of energy at Harrow Bangkok and to stop unnecessary use of lights and air-conditioning in the school.
The tricky problem that we have is that recycling bins around the campus are not used correctly resulting in disorganised rubbish collection. This group are working to collect data on the location of the recycling centres, the use and misuse of them. They will be creating improved signage and educating the community to recycle correctly. With the kind donation of the plastic shredder from Friends of Harrow, we are looking carefully at our plastic waste systems and management as we will now be able to effectively recycle plastics into pellets which can then be reused in Design Technology classes. In addition, this group will continue to raise awareness around the topics of recycling and waste management in the Harrow Bangkok community. The Harrow Bangkok Ocean Warriors, a whole-school activity, continues to run and we have 3 beach clean up trips arranged for this school year.