Environmental education in the classroom is more effective when the school community takes its own steps to become more sustainable.

There are six course modules in the Plastic Free Campus Programme. It can be integrated into existing curriculum or run separately as an extra-curricular activity. To access the programme a student or a teacher creates a school account but a student must designate a teacher to validate the project. Once the account is set-up, the Plastic Free Campus Committee (a.k.a the EcoCrew) can set up individual user accounts to contribute to the school’s progress on each module. In the first module, Getting Started, schools lay the groundwork for the project. The other modules can be completed either in order or according the school’s preference. Each module gives information and guidance to complete the tasks with a checklist to be completed. Once reviewed and verified by the faculty advisor that module is approved. When all modules are completed the school earns the PFC Nautilus badge and is added to the PFC community of programme graduates.

Register

Parents

Getting Started

Plastic-Free Events

Awareness

Procurement

Community Action

Here is an overview of each module:

  • 01 —

    Getting Started

    • This module must be completed first as it sets up what you need for the rest of the programme. After completing this module:

    • You will have an EcoCrew (a set of students and faculty responsible for working on the rest of the Plastic Free Campus modules)

    • You will have a much better idea of the plastics present on campus, and

    • a rough timeline to complete the programme

  • 02 —

    Awareness

    • This module should mobilise your school community and inspire them to change.

    • Using the information from Module 1:(Getting Started) and Module 3: Parents), it helps you recognise plastic pollution issues and start to create locally relevant solutions with a global impact.

  • 03 —

    Parents

    • This module helps parents to support the Plastic Free Campus project.

    • It provides information and preparation, so their children have the right tools for the changes that are likely to happen as the project evolves.

    • If parents are engaged at the start of the programme this will help move this project beyond school-level and make it a community- level change.

  • 04 —

    Procurement

    • This module should be managed by the administrative and technical services on campus.

    • The EcoCrew should use their role to persuade all parties so the results match their goals for this project.

    • This module helps you find ways to change the existing procurement procedures to reduce the amount of single-use plastic coming into the school campus.

    • It will also help strengthen partnerships between PFC supporters and technical services on-campus,

    • consequently making it easier for you to ask for bigger changes later for different systems, waste separation or procurement policies.

  • 05 —

    Plastic-Free Events

    • This module guides you though hosting Single Use Plastic-free (or SUP-reduced) events.

    • These events give an opportunity to show the school community the demonstrated changes from the PFC project and inspire people for further change.

  • 06 —

    Community Action

    • In this module, students will engage with the Plastic Free Campus project both on-campus and outside, on local community projects.

    • By doing this the aim is for students and the local community to become more aware of the environmental issues related to plastic consumption,

    • and to encourage them to get involved in community service, trialling different solutions.