Sustainability and 3Rs Program

undp11.0   About the program

As the world are moving toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDG’s) by 2030, everyone needs to play their part for the goals to be reached. Preparing and providing the students with practical solutions to their day to day activities to contribute to a more sustainable world together is one of them. Sustainability is about finding ways of living and working that support a high quality of life without compromising the future of generations to come.

We are living in era of environmental catastrophe happening everywhere in every part of the globe. This is the right time to recognize the needs to change our lifestyles and habits to ensure that we take the very best care of our planet and its resources.

This Sustainability and 3Rs Program aims to move beyond environmental awareness raising, by undertaking concrete and action-oriented learning activities where students will be engaged actively in continuous cycle of planning, implementing, and reviewing approaches to sustainability as part of everyday activities in school or at home. The program will take around 6 to 8 weeks to complete and will helps to prepare before participating in Kids InTeractive Expedition (KItE) 2017 camp.

This guide will also help in terms of providing a hands-on guidance to students in monitoring and reporting on progress toward becoming sustainable. Perhaps, the program strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a more relevant education and for a sustainable future for all of us.

2.0   Objectives:

  • To engage participants in discussion and problem solving of issues related to sustainability in Malaysia.
  • To reduce environmental footprints of the school.
  • To promote sustainable lifestyle through the activities conducted in school.
  • To provide a platform for participants to explore the environmental side of their school
  • To catalyse the formation of GRM School Clubs.
  • To promote the transformation to a sustainable school.

3.0   Methodology:

  • Participants will conduct preliminary experiments (audits) on certain areas such as energy and waste management in school prior participating in KItE.
  • Participants are allowed to select one (1) out of seven (7) areas of study to be carried for at least eight (8) weeks prior the camp.
  • They also need to find at least two (2) environmental problems in their school and come out with solutions.
  • At the camp itself, they are needed to present all their findings and solutions to other participants.

4.0   Areas of Study:

  • Energy utilization (Electricity, Lighting and Ventilation/ Solar and renewable energy)
  • Water utilization
  • Waste Management Audit (e.g. recycling systems, composting, worm farming, litter reduction)
  • 3Rs based projects (Upcycling)
  • School Garden and Aesthetics (Usage of pesticides and chemicals)
  • Pollution LAWN (Land, Air, Water and Noise)
  • Use of Social Media in Environmental Communication
    • The use of social media to improve environmental awareness in school. Focus on projects delivery, communication, use of photography and videography

5.0   Involving the whole school community in Sustainability and 3Rs Program


Members of School Community

Possible Roles

Students

-          Planning and leading sustainability projects, in class/home or as part of GRM club

-          Carrying out assessments (such as waste and energy audits) to measure the school/household’s progress in becoming more sustainable

-          Mentoring younger students who are just learning how to take part in sustainability and 3Rs program

Teachers

-          Teaching lessons that help students develop knowledge about sustainability, 3Rs and environmental awareness program, the skills to investigate different possibilities for action, and the resolve to take action

-          Urging everyone in the school community to take part in sustainability and 3Rs program initiatives

-          Reinforcing expectations for sustainability behaviour by celebrating actions such as turning off the lights when not in use.

Families

-          Adopting local sustainable development issues the school could tackle

-          Sharing technical expertise about climate change and how to address it

-          Hosting students on field trips that offer a real-world contact for learning about sustainability


6.0   Planning, Assessment, Action and Reflection

Checklist

STEPS

CRITERIA

Assessment

Conduct A Self-Assessment

A self-assessment offers an honest picture of your school/home’s current performance related to sustainability action. This assessment helps identify priorities, set targets and measure success.

Record Baseline Data

Collect data of your school/home current consumptions.

Plan

Develop Your Vision

Your action plan should include your vision and objectives. What changes do you want to see?

Determine Priorities, Strategies, Expected Outcomes, And Timelines.

Plan what changes you want to do in your school/home and create a timeframe to implementing them. Figure out what are the resources are needed to ensure the success of your plan.

 

Determine Monitoring And Evaluation Activities – Indicators And Data Collection Techniques

Data collection – through student-led investigations (such as energy audit, waste audit, surveys, electricity bill, etc)

Take Action

Implementing Your Idea Into A Project

Monitoring And Reporting Your Project

Record and collect data.

 

Reflection

Take time to reflect and review the goals, strategies and achievements

-          Share and communicate your report to your school peers

-          Using posters, graphic to illustrates your findings

-          Putting up posters or graphics in any spot in the school

-          Present the report during KItE camp


7.0 AREA OF STUDY

 

7.1 Energy utilization (Electricity, Lighting and Ventilation/ Solar and renewable energy)

A sustainable use of energy not only benefit the environment by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use but also helps the school in long-term money savings through the efficient use of all forms of energy, water and other resources. By implementing energy conservation measures and using energy-efficient technologies, schools/homes can be significantly cut their energy use.

 

Hornbill:

  1. Learn to read your home/school’s monthly electric bill.
    1. Find three (3) ways to help reduce energy consumption.
    2. Implement those ideas for one (1) month.
    3. Monitor and record your energy saving progress and results in a report.
  2. Illustrate a simple diagram explaining how your school/household gets its energy from its source (hydroelectric, coal power plant) as well as its uses at your house.
    1. Include the usage of energy in your school/household (e.g. laptop, TV, other electric appliances).

Pioneer/Navigator:

  1. Learn to read your home/school’s monthly electric bill.
    1. Find three (3) ways to help reduce energy consumption.
    2. Implement those ideas for one (1) month.
    3. Monitor and record your energy saving progress and results in a report.
  2. Illustrate a simple diagram explaining how your school/household gets its energy from its source (hydroelectric, coal power plant) as well as its uses at your house.
    1. Include the usage of energy in your school/household (e.g. laptop, TV, other electric appliances).

 

7.2   Waste Management Audit

A sustainable waste management has a major positive impact toward the environment. All goods started from their production and then handling and transporting them to one place to another until they reach for public consumption uses large quantities of energy and produces pollution along the way.  When all these goods become waste, they need to be transported again, and this time around usually to landfills. As they break down, they produce methane which is one of the potent greenhouse gases. Some of the waste goes to incinerators which also generate more pollution as they burn. By introducing 3Rs, schools and homes can reduce much of the waste generated and reducing their burden to the environment.

 

Hornbill:

  1. Learn about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  2. Identify ten (10) ways to conserve resources or use resources more efficiently in your homes, at school, or at camp.
  3. Practice at least two (2) of these methods for seven (7) days and discuss what you have learned in your report.
  4. Participate in a community service project (e.g., gotong royong), take photos and include it in your report.

Pioneer/Navigator:

  1. Learn about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  2. Conduct a general waste audit of items such as organics, non-recyclables, and recyclables generated by your family in one day.
  3. Prepare a plan on how to manage your family’s domestic waste properly including a more efficient way of disposing them.
    1. Implement your plan with the help of your family members, for one (1) week and record your findings daily in your report by establishing a baseline (the current state of how much waste is produced for each item)
    2. Make your own recycling centre, or contribute to an existing one. Take photos to be included in your report.
  4. Discuss what you have learned in the report.
  5. Organize and work together on a service project within your community area (e.g., gotong royong, 3Rs bins), take photos and include it in your report.
  6. Discuss the impact of plastic waste, electronic waste and food waste has on the environment.

 

7.3   Water Utilization

A sustainable water use has an important role in protecting our water sources as well as able to delay the need to expand water and wastewater treatment plants and prolong the life of in-ground sewage disposal systems (septic). This can be achieve through many ways including reduce the water runoff, reduce the use of water in grounds maintenance, consume fresh water as efficiently as possible and reuse water to a greater extent. The very first step is to investigate water consumption through water bills.

 

Hornbill:

  1. Learn to read your home/school’s monthly water bill.
    1. Find three (3) ways to help reduce water consumption.
    2. Implement those ideas for one (1) month.
    3. Monitor and record your water saving progress sand results in a report.
  2. Illustrate a simple diagram explaining how your household gets its clean water from its source (dam, river) as well as its uses at your house.
    1. Include water that goes down the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry drains, and any runoff from watering the yard or washing the car.
  3. Conduct a basic water quality sampling monitoring in your nearby area (e.g., river, lake, etc).

 

Pioneer/Navigator:

  1. Learn to read your home/school’s monthly water bill.
    1. Find three (3) ways to help reduce water consumption.
    2. Implement those ideas for one (1) month.
    3. Monitor and record your water saving progress sand results in a report.
  2. Illustrate a simple diagram explaining how your household gets its clean water from its source (dam, river) as well as its uses at your house.
    1. Include water that goes down the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry drains, and any runoff from watering the yard or washing the car.
  3. Conduct a basic water quality sampling monitoring in your nearby area (e.g., river, lake, etc).

 

7.4   Waste Management Audit

A sustainable waste management has a major positive impact toward the environment. All goods started from their production and then handling and transporting them to one place to another until they reach for public consumption uses large quantities of energy and produces pollution along the way.  When all these goods become waste, they need to be transported again, and this time around usually to landfills. As they break down, they produce methane which is one of the potent greenhouse gases. Some of the waste goes to incinerators which also generate more pollution as they burn. By introducing 3Rs, schools and homes can reduce much of the waste generated and reducing their burden to the environment.

 

Hornbill:

  1. Learn about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  2. Identify ten (10) ways to conserve resources or use resources more efficiently in your homes, at school, or at camp.
  3. Practice at least two (2) of these methods for seven (7) days and discuss what you have learned in your report.
  4. Participate in a community service project (e.g., gotong royong), take photos and include it in your report.

Pioneer/Navigator:

  1. Learn about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  2. Conduct a general waste audit of items such as organics, non-recyclables, and recyclables generated by your family in one day.
  3. Prepare a plan on how to manage your family’s domestic waste properly including a more efficient way of disposing them.
    1. Implement your plan with the help of your family members, for one (1) week and record your findings daily in your report by establishing a baseline (the current state of how much waste is produced for each item)
    2. Make your own recycling centre, or contribute to an existing one. Take photos to be included in your report.
  4. Discuss what you have learned in the report.
  5. Participate in a community service project (e.g., gotong royong), take photos and include it in your report.

 

7.5   3Rs based projects (Upcycling)

We generates tons of waste everyday where most of them are ended up in landfills. There are many sustainable approaches we can take in order to manage and handle the waste efficiently. In this exercise, students are needed to collect all the waste (or any old and discarded materials) their school is generating and turn them into something useful or better also beautiful. This process is called upcycling where we gives an item a better purpose. While recycling requires energy or water to break down materials, upcycling only requires your own creativity and imagination.

Here are some of the examples of upcycling products:

 

7.6   School Garden and Aesthetics (Usage of pesticides and chemicals)

School gardens can be the ultimate outdoor classroom. Gardens can serve many purposes and can be used to integrate any classroom subject while meeting a variety of curriculums standard.

  1. Designing and constructing new gardens (or further developing existing gardens) which can include:
    1. Native trees and plants
    2. Fruit, vegetables, and herbs
    3. Sensory gardens
    4. Keeping chickens, aquaponics systems, and associated materials


7.7   Use of Social Media in Environmental Communication

 

Social media is quickly becoming one of the most important parts of environmental and sustainability communication strategy. Social media allows public to easily communicate their concerns, comments and questions instantaneously. Therefore, using this platform to spread the awareness on sustainability and environmental issues are much needed these days. In this exercise, students are required to explore the use of social media to improve environmental awareness in their school. The focus should be on projects delivery, communication as well in the usage of photography and videography.

 

Hornbill:

  1. Create four (4) posts (one post per week for one month) on environmental issues that are close to your heart (haze, deforestation, animal extinction).
    1. Illustrate these issues through a method you feel most comfortable with including a brief description of the issue in your own words along with post.

Post types: create a video, artwork, a photograph, music, or animation.

  1. Share your creation with others on your social media.
  2. Cultivate your audience and evaluate the result.
  3. Screen shot your weekly progress and include it in your report.

 

Pioneer/Navigator:

  1. Create eight (8) posts (two posts per week for one month) on environmental issues that are close to your heart (haze, deforestation, animal extinction).
    1. Illustrate these issues through a method you feel most comfortable with including a brief description of the issue in your own words along with post.

Post types: create a video, artwork, a photograph, music, or animation.

  1. Share your creation with others on your social media.
  2. Cultivate your audience and evaluate the result.
  3. Screen shot your weekly progress and include it in your
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