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Environmentally Sustainable Behaviour

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions have taken place on establishing a formal set of guidelines for schools and other educational establishments on undertaking recycling, energy and water saving and lowering emissions. (100723)

The Department for Education and Skills went out to public consultation this year on its strategy for sustainable schools. The Department’s response to the consultation and its Sustainable Schools Action Plan will be published in the next few weeks. The strategy establishes guidelines for schools on all aspects of sustainability including recycling, energy and water saving and reducing carbon emissions. The Learning and Skills Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England have been leading discussions on establishing guidelines for their respective education sectors. DfES, LSC and HEFCE actions in these areas are detailed in the DfES Sustainable Development Action Plan for Education and Skills1.

1 http://www.dfes.gov.uk/aboutus/sd/actionplan.shtml