Roots & Shoots Working for Your School

Levels of School Involvement

Schools can choose to be involved with Roots & Shoots in a variety of ways so that it works for the school's way of being and time and curriculum constraints.

JGI NZ provides three potential levels of involvements for school in New Zealand:

  • Tier 1 - Undertaking Roots & Shoots Campaign Projects
  • Tier 2 - Undertaking Roots & Shoots Formula Projects
  • Tier 3 - Becoming a - Roots & Shoots Accredited School

Tier 1: Roots & Shoots Campaign Projects

Undertaking Roots & Shoots projects based on the campaign work of JGI New Zealand is an easy way for a school to engage with Roots & Shoots and get a taste of the programme and its benefits.

Students could explore the issue of habitat destruction in relation to palm oil and the resources we provide to communicate the issue within the school, at home, or in their community and develop a project based on this issue. Or delve into the complex issue of wildlife trafficking.

Tier 2: Roots & Shoots Formula Projects

Undertaking Roots & Shoots projects based on the formula of Roots & Shoots takes students through the full process of understanding the interconnectedness of animals, people and the environment, looking around their own community to see where they could undertake a project to make a positive difference for all and going ahead and practically making it happen.

Tier 3: Becoming a Roots & Shoots Accredited School

A Roots & Shoots Accredited school would be representing a whole-school approach to sustainability and the principles of JGI.

This would include the undertaking of Roots & Shoots formula projects but also core operating principles that represent sustainable practices and acknowledging the school's place and impact on its community and the world.

For more information on the ways in which your school can become involved in the Roots & Shoots programme contact us.

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5 Tips For A More Sustainable School Day

1. Reduce

One way schools can reduce waste is by studetns bringing their lunch in a reusable lunchbox and reusable containers in place of plastic wrap. Paper waste is a problem at many schools, but by taking notes on a tablet (if permitted) you’ll be able to greatly reduce your paper consumption. Plus, you won’t have to carry around a ton of notebooks!

2. Refuse

By simply saying, “No, thanks,” to an item, such as a plastic straw, you are saving one more piece of trash from heading to the landfill. One straw may not seem likely to make an impact, but over time it will really add up.

3. Reuse

Reusable water bottles, drinking straws, lunch boxes, containers, and utensils are great alternatives to single-use disposables.

4. Recycle

Don’t throw that paper away…recycle it! According to the University of Southern Indiana, “Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!” You can also upcycle used scraps of paper and make more paper!

5. Thrift

Thrifting is a sustainable and often inexpensive shopping method. Why is it sustainable? When a person buys secondhand, the items they buy are reused, and less is sent to the landfill. Thrift stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a local consignment shop are great sources for back-to-school clothes, backpacks, books, and more.

By following these steps, you will be able to increase your sustainable practices at school, and reduce the amount of trash being sent to the landfill.

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