Peter Senge – Author, Schools that Learn
The school campus is a living laboratory for investigating real world problems.
“A school is a microcosm of a city. They share similar problems, with waste, air quality, inefficient buildings, infrastructure lock-in, and carbon emissions. We see similar sociertial constraints and competing interests, just at a far smaller scale”
Just like a city – the school is constrained by the availability of space, money, time, and expertise. A school has its own politics to navigate, and of course in the school community just as in the city, the interests of its diverse stakeholders are not always perfectly aligned.
Schools present a unique opportunity for modelling sustainability solutions, rather than just learning about sustainability problems.
But at the scale of the school, the seemingly daunting problems become addressable – they show up at a scale that students can get their arms around – and change, and do so within the timeframe of their tenure on the campus.