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Environmental Certification of schools

School / organization: OKKA Foundation
Country: Finland
Rautatieläisenkatu 6 A
00520 Helsinki
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Contact Person: Erkka Laininen
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Keywords: sustainable development
Age of pupils: 7-18
Learning aims: Students should learn to take part of shaping their society in direction of sustainable development by active member. Schools is good place to learn to do it.
Short description: Schools and educational establishments have an important mission in supporting the growth of their students as environmentally responsible and skilled citizens who are able to consider the aspects of sustainable development in their work and everyday lives. To help educational establishments in this challenging task, environmental criteria and a certification system have been elaborated in Finland. The participants in the project were the Trade Union of Education in Finland, the OKKA Foundation, National Board of Education, Hyvinkää-Riihimäki Vocational Adult Education Centre, University of Oulu, University of Joensuu and Cooperative Eco-One.

Environmental criteria

The criteria can be applied to the general and vocational education at the first and secondary level. The use of the criteria and the certification are voluntary. They have been created as tools and incentives for the development of operation and quality of teaching. The criteria set a standard for environmental performance of an exemplary level. To reach the level of the criteria requires several years of systematic work, but an educational establishment can also use the criteria as a development tool without any intention of applying for the certificate.

The Environmental Criteria focus on the ecological aspect such like energy, waste, use of water, school yard, safety....

Reflection: Taking into account these environmental issues play an important part in influencing the environmental knowledge, skills and attitudes of the pupils and school staff. In order to have credibility the school must act as it teaches. The environmental issues related to the school activities enable the pupils and school staff to participate in the implementation of the environmental programme in practice.
Date added: 2009-06-16 08:33:24    Hits: 396
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