The Sustainability Programme is a whole school initiative engaging the entire community to promote and foster environmental sustainability.
WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
In 1987, the UN defined sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
In 2018-2019 we embarked on a formal journey to embrace more sustainable behaviours at ISB. As part of that, ISB is now an Eco-Schools member. This formalises our commitment, provides a sense of community and engages us in meaningful collaboration with like-minded schools. In line with the Eco-Schools goals, our aim is to:
- Foster stewardship towards our environment, reflected in our daily attitudes, dispositions and actions
- Encourage the implementation of sustainable development practices at school
- Empower students to take action and be the change for sustainability
- Help students develop the ability to address current and future challenges of a globalised society
- Contribute to a better society
- Improve the school's ecological footprint
Latest Sustainability News
In these days of social distancing, teaching drama has been a challenge for drama teachers around the world. Following on the 'inspirational' Foundation Course in Puppetry led by Oliver Hymans, Grade 9 Drama Teacher, Julia McKelvey, came up with the wonderful idea of students designing and creating puppets with the final part of the project being a puppet show.
As part of our initiative of Sustainability@ISB engaging students and staff to shape our environmental footprint, the ISBrocki was born! At the end of each academic year, we noticed all of the supplies and items such as binders, folders, notebooks and pens (some even unused) that teachers no longer use. Instead of throwing them away, we saved and sorted the items and they are now available for students, staff and teachers for free at our ISBrocki locations at each campus.
On Thursday, 10 September 2020, The Green Walk took place in Basel. The group of five participants from the ISB Community spent a couple hours discovering local shops that can help us reduce the footprint on the environment. Read more to discover a new Brocki, device repair shop, bakery outlet and general repair shop for all your home goods.
ISB Grade 10 students undertook a project in Design class through the lens of Sustainability, as part of their final MYP Design task. The project was entitled ‘You are never too small to make a difference’, after a United Nations presentation by Greta Thunberg. The design department intentionally planned to help students understand dimensions of sustainability, as part of our commitment to Sustainability @ ISB. Students researched a wide variety of potential ‘avenues’ to encourage sustainable behaviour in the ISB community.
We in the environmental society wanted to better understand how our school dealt with waste, but first, we had to investigate what was the waste that we were producing. We decided to analyse bags of trash from different areas of the school to see how people in our community dealt with trash.
ISB is proud to be part of the Eco-Schools program. This year we are focusing on litter and waste. As part of ISB work as a member of the Eco-Schools program, students have been carrying out a waste audit to learn how the school and its community manages waste. As part of this audit, the Eco Council (G1-5) has completed a key activity, namely the analysis of the schools PET recycling system in Aesch. Eco Council students dived into the bins to see what they contain.