Hoping that 2020 has got off to a good start. WIth climate and biodiversity emergencies declared in Brighton & Hove, it is more important than ever to embed environmental education in schools.
Below you can find information on biodiversity, school grounds, transport, food, water, marine + energy, to help inspire and support your Eco-School work.
In addition, we are exploring ways of addressing Climate Change in schools - more on this to come.
HAVE YOUR SAY! - Schools have recently been sent a consultation document about priorities for the new Environmental Education contract and we would value your input. To contribute please contact your head teacher or business manager to coordinate a single response from your school.
You can hear more about the work we are doing with schools throughout the city by following us on @BHeetweets.
Climate Change - teachers twilight
We are hosting a twilight for teachers interested in tackling the issue of Climate Change in Schools. This will be an opportunity to share good practice within the city, find out about resources and workshops available to support you and to feed into the content of a summer headteachers conference about what teachers need to tackle this challenging issue in their school. Thursday 13 Febuary, 4 - 5.30pm, Patcham Junior School.
Please register your interest here.
Build for the Climate - Learning Week
10-14 February 2020
Save the date - 8th July 2020 at Dorothy Stringer school, Year 3-11.
More details to follow.
Please email Rob to register your interest in attending.
Coming Soon - Rampion Wind Farm Visitors Centre
The brand new Visitor Centre will be located on Brighton seafront, just beside the i360, aims to increase awareness and understanding about the wind farm itself, as well as the importance of offshore wind as a source of renewable energy, with a key focus on climate change.
For details of free bespoke school visits, check out the website or email for more details.
Tap Water - your thoughts wanted!
BHCC are looking to recruit a small set of students and school representatives aged 10-16 for a short focus group / workshop in early February 2020 to understand more about perceptions of tap water, environmental concerns, opportunities and barriers around drinking more tap water and moving away from sugary drinks and plastic bottles waste in general. Please contact Sarah by 31st January for more information on how to be involved.
Gold Food City Bid - take action as a school
Brighton & Hove have bid to become the first Sustainable Gold Food City in the UK.
Click here to find out what you can do to be part of this bid and most importantly, shout about what you are doing on social media using #GoldFoodCityBid and @btnhovefood.
Nature 2020 is a year of events and activities to celebrate and highlight the nature of The Living Coast, as part of the International Decade of Biodiversity. To attend the launch on January 31, click here. To contribute to the programme please register your events here or email for any questions or ideas.
As part of Nature 2020, the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere will be competing as one of over 250 cities across the world in the City Nature Challenge between 24-27 April. Find out here how your school can be involved.
Outdoor Learning in Brighton
Forest School Training: Brighton
Mon 22 to Fri 26 June 2020
Celebrating 10 Years of the South Downs National Park. Plan your trip into this incredible landscape and learn about the important wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history on your doorstep. Find out if your school is eligible for a £300 travel grant here.
Improving Air Quality Near Schools
As part of their Anti-idling campaign to combat damaging vehicle emissions, Breathe in Brighton collaborated with St.Luke's Primary School in November to hand out leaflets and stickers to provide information on reducing emissions through daily mindful decisions on the road. If you would like to hold an anti-idling day at your school or would like information or advice on air pollution, please contact Breathe in Brighton and follow them on twitter @BreatheBrighton.
Sustrans Big Pedal
Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge supporting pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school.
Help make our tenth Big Pedal the biggest and best challenge yet.
Sustrans Big Pedal will run for 10 days from 22 April to 5 May 2020 and is open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK, including SEN schools. To register your interest, contact Bike-it Lucy.
School Travel Survey
It’s that time of year again for the annual Mode of Travel to School survey! You will soon receive information about the 2020 survey which will open on 3rd March. Thanks in advance for your participation and helping us get a good picture of how children are travelling to school in the City.
The School Travel Team.