Nanjing International School is proud to call itself a Green School and makes every effort to strive toward sustainable practices. Comprised of a small group of students that are keen to take action, the NIS Sustainability Committee is committed to broadening its scope beyond just issues of the environment and focuses on the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals to guide its goal-setting.
Sustainable Event Planning Website
In response to some unsustainable practices observed at school-wide events, the committee worked on developing a list of guidelines to assist event organisers in their planning. With the support of the NIS Strategy Team and a dedicated prototype team consisting of students, teachers and parents, an events planning website was developed. It is hoped that the website will serve as a useful tool for all stakeholders in our community so that we may model sustainable practices in everything we do. Have a look at the site below.
The main event of the year for the Sustainability Committee is the annual Earth Hour celebrations held worldwide in March. This is a community event which aims to educate and persuade people to be more sustainable at home and at work, as well as at school. In addition to numerous fun activities and displays of student work on environmental themes, various members of the school community- and some from beyond, entertained the audience with music and dance.
Award-Winning Efforts Nanjing International School is proud to hold Silver level certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In 2015, we proudly accepted the CSR Sustainable Growth and Environment Protection Award from the European Chamber of Commerce for for our 2015 Earth Hour event.
Additionally we have 4 teams within the committee that focus on the following aspects of maintaining our status as a Green School:
To reduce the use of paper, particularly for printing
- Teaching people how to print on recycled paper
- Encouraging teachers and students to communicate digitally rather than printing
- Reminding people to print thoughtfully
- Promoting the system of orange boxes for reusable paper, blue boxes for recycling paper and green boxes for used paper for printing
To reduce the waste of electricity
- Remind students and teachers to shut doors, turn off lights and Smartboards when leaving rooms
- Communicate with the Facilities department to ensure that cleaning and security staff turn off unnecessary lights and heating/cooling systems, especially at week-ends and evenings
- Educate people about unplugging chargers from laptops, iPads & phones once charged
To reduce waste, particularly the use of plastic and of food
- Persuade Chartwells to remove plastic containers, cups, straws and cutlery from the cafeteria and to provide reusable items instead
- Educate students about the problem of food waste and work with the Lunch Committee to find solutions to prevent it
- Encourage students to bring food without packaging
To raise the profile of action taken by the Eco Team
- Show short educational films, skits, talks or poems in assembly
- Advertise events in assemblies, in the Daily Bulletin and on the Eco Team display board