Applewood Permaculture Centre
Contact: Chris Evans, Looby Macnamara
Regenerating lifestyles, landscapes and livelihoods: Permaculture Education and Design consultancy and beautiful course venue
Birmingham City University
Contact: Makhan Singh
Institute for Sustainable Futures – working with industry partners to explore and develop new innovation funding applications within a sustainability agenda.
Cambium Sustainable works with schools and other educational professionals to provide quality Forest School and Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning courses at levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. With over 20 years of experience we were one of the first Forest School training organisations established in the UK and we currently have the largest network of accredited trainers in the UK, ensuring that we can always deliver local training for local demand. We are one of the only organisations in the UK to offer an accredited Level 4 Train the Trainer programme for those wishing to become Forest School and Outdoor Learning trainers in their own right.
Coventry Climate Action Network
Contact name: Philip Brown
Membership of a network of people representing a wide variety of organisations and institutions who are concerned in promoting action on climate change. A website with a growing database of resources. We would welcome student members.
We want to help create a sustainable city, inspire positive change and build stronger communities. Created in 2009 as Northfield Ecocentre, a project of Central England Quakers, we became an independent charity in July 2018, allowing us to grow our work across the city.
Far-side Learning and Arts
Contact: Rupert Brakspear
Training with teachers / whole school staff teams and project work with classes / groups of children, focusing on learning for sustainability through both arts and sciences (indoor and outdoor) as part of a whole school approach.
Forest Gardening in Practice/ GreenLand Services
Contact: Tomas Remiarz
Permaculture, forest gardening and edible landscaping for private gardens and public space- training, design and consultancy
Contact: Colette Bond
The national charity for organic growing. Our charity brings together thousands of people who share a common belief – that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, our aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’.
Green Schools Project
Our vision: every school in the UK is a model of sustainability, developing young people that live in an environmentally responsible way and help to drive the transition to a sustainable society.
Our mission: to enable young people to fulfil their potential by providing resources and support to schools to engage them in environmental projects, building their skills and aspirations while encouraging them, their community and wider society to live in a more sustainable way.
Ineco Energy specialises in working with schools, academies, and local councils to find the best solutions to minimise running costs and reduce carbon emissions. Ineco Energy recognises that schools and academies are under relentless budgetary pressure. Switching to solar energy or efficient LED lighting can reduce school’s energy usage by up to 80%. And whilst financial savings are often the driver for change, the environmental benefits are more important than ever before.
Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society fights for the future of our ocean through people-powered action – with science on our side. Our Cool Seas workshops are a great opportunity to learn about our amazing UK seas, shores and wildlife. As well as supporting the development of environmental awareness and an understanding of conservation and sustainability. Our Cool Seas workshops are curriculum-linked and encourage global citizenship:
- Beside the Sea (5-7 yrs) simple and fun virtual rockpooling.
- Aliens of the Deep (7-11 yrs) find out about the vast depths of our ocean, learn how creatures adapt and design an ‘Alien of the Deep’.
- Oceans Alive Assembly (5-11 yrs) an overview of the importance of our ocean, the human impacts on marine environments and the ways we can all help to conserve our seas.
- Cool Seas Investigators (11 – 18 yrs) exploring the impacts of plastic pollution, focusing on data collection and analysis, marine pollution and social action.
Main website: https://www.mcsuk.org/
Education website: https://www.mcsuk.org/coolseas/
Mount Pleasant School Farm
This working dairy farm has a £500,000 purpose-built bright, Eco-friendly, well heated classroom, where teaching by a dedicated teacher focuses on many aspects of the curriculum, in particular understanding about animals and where food comes from.
National Association for Environmental Education – UK
For nearly 60 years NAEE has been promoting environmental education, and supporting all those involved in its delivery, so that together we can understand and act on the need to live more sustainably in order to protect the future of our planet. In 2018, NAEE received a Green Apple award for its support of environmental education.
Contact: Jackie Zammit
We educate for peace in schools and community groups in the West Midlands. We work with adults and children to develop social and emotional learning and build positive relationships.
Rethink Periods is a free, unbiased period education program designed to educate 9-14 year olds about the menstrual cycle, reduce pollution from period products and tackle period taboos and poverty. 600 schools in England will receive teacher training from our Rethink Periods experts. In which teachers will be guided through the lesson plans and teaching resources that we have designed to cover four areas of period education; menstruation and period products, periods and the environment, myths and taboos, and period poverty. Schools will also receive a fantastic product demonstration box to keep worth £110 that includes examples of every menstrual product currently on the market.
School Energy Efficiency
Contacts: James Veness, Richard Smith
School Energy Efficiency provides bespoke information to schools and community organisations to help them understand how they use their energy and how through behaviour change, improved control and appropriate technology will lead to its more efficient use. Also working in association with Ashden to deliver the LESS CO2 programme across the UK.
Contact: Ash Sharma
We help produce and deliver engaging and fun educational programmes with resources into schools and communities for councils and corporates who are passionate about creating behaviour change and their corporate social responsibility
Solihull Council has a support network to empower schools to develop sustainability from whatever starting point they are at. A Schools Sustainability Engagement Officer based in the Sustainable Development Team works with schools.
Solutions for the Planet
Contact: Sarah Milburn
Solutions for the Planet motivates young people to learn about STEM and sustainability issues supported by companies that are leading in these fields internationally. We deliver our Big Ideas programme in partnership with companies based locally, who mentor teams of students (in KS3 or S1-3) in school, as they generate solutions (or ‘Big Ideas’) to sustainability issues. We work with schools in 3 regions nationally: North England & Scotland, South East and West Midlands.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact: Alexis Johnson
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust offers environmental education visits at The Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire, as well as outreach formal and informal nature based activities. SWT also offers teacher training and development, including Forest School Level 3 Practitioner training.
Sussex Green Living
Contact: Carrie Cort
Primary schools, secondary schools and CPD sessions. We offer inspiring assemblies and lessons on various themes but always weaving together waste, climate change and sustainable living. Including clothes miles, fast fashion, sustainable and unsustainable textiles, carbon footprinting, recycling and upcycling. Promoting ESD, SDGs, global education and STEAM at every opportunity.
Contact: Deborah Needle
We work with schools using all the resources learning outdoors has to offer to look at sustainability at three levels: what schools can do to be more sustainable – everyday, local sustainability issues and the part we can all play in achieving global sustainability goals.
Tame Valley Wetlands
Contact: Nicola Lynes
Tame Valley Wetlands is based at Hams Hall Environmental Centre, near Coleshill, North Warwickshire. We offer school environmental education visits, including River Studies on the River Tame, and run outdoor activities for youth and community groups.
Tide~ global learning
A teachers’ network. Young people have an entitlement to global learning through engaging with global perspectives, human rights, development and sustainability. We seek to support education practitioners responding to the challenges of that entitlement for example through creative teacher workshops and curriculum projects, and sharing the outcomes of that work.
Trees for Cities
Contact: Helen Marriott. Edible Playgrounds Development Officer – Midlands
Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food.
Warwickshire County Council Ecology Group
Contact: Barbara Golding
Offer help and advice to Warwickshire schools regarding school wildlife areas and biodiversity in the school grounds. The main focus of the Ecology Group though is to provide advice, help and support to council planning departments to ensure biodiversity is taken into account and compensated for in planning applications including schools.
WASUP initially stood for Walsall Against Single Use Plastic but now the W stands for World! WASUP has 4 simple principles which are all doable.
- Raise awareness in all sectors of the community (schools, businesses, places of worship etc) thorough talks events and the social media
- Educate the children in schools about the dangers of plastic and teach them about recycling
- Litter picking both in streets and the waterways by all sectors of the community.
- Putting pressure on manufacturers to use less plastic in their packaging or in some cases none.
If we don’t do anything there will be twice as much plastic in the oceans as there is fish by 2050. Some will say it is too late to act as microplastic is already in the food chain but we should do all we can to stem the ‘tide of plastic’ and help protect our future generations. All it needs is people to engage and change their behaviour. It can and must be done to save marine life and the human race.
Contact: Dr Rashid Gatrad OBE
Contact: Richard Dawson
Wild Awake is a not for profit social enterprise. Its purpose is to develop and provide learning which inspires change towards a more sustainable planet, and support people to live healthy and happy lives which respect natural limits. It achieves this through providing learning which reconnects people with the natural world through first-hand experience. It brings educational expertise in terms of curriculum development, writing learning resources, educational strategy, training and consultancy.
Worcestershire County Council
Council understands the importance of Learning for Sustainability and we offer support to schools who wish to further develop their work in this area, in particular those wishing to work towards their Eco Schools Green Flag Award.