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BEGOÑAKO GREEN ALLIANCE,BEGOÑAKO Green Alliance believes in leading by example! As we endeavour to create a green world, we commit to ensuring that our own school is green! By establishing eco-friendly activities, we are helping build a safe and sustainable future for our planet. The following 10 benchmarks will help us establish our institution Green.,Promote projects in the school programmes educates children about the environment.Organize presentations/seminars/workshops to staff about eco-practices or environmental issues.Post environmental messages and tips at key locations at our institution.,2. Zero Litter,Encourage students to think about reducing litter in daily activities.Carry out sensitisation programmes about reducing litter and the importance of clean surroundings.Encourage teachers and studens to use reusable bags (through education and incentives) and make them available at our institution.,Choose durable materials/furnishings to reduce the cost/waste associated with replacement.Donate used office equipment and supplies to services organizations, churches, schools or other groups that could use them.While recycling, separate waste into glass, metals, plastics and paper/cardboard. Have properly labelled waste bins at appropriate locations on the school.Encourage composting of organic waste for reuse in landscaping activities. ,3. Waste management,Conduct an energy audit of your organization to understand where most energy is being used and how you can cut back.Switch out standard lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. They are more economical, save energy and last longer than a regular light.Reduce travel to meetings by encouraging online meetings and teleconferencing.Plan deliveries and other transportation activities carefully to reduce the need to drive.,4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY,1. CURRICULUM,5. Water Conservation,Fix any leaky faucets, showerheads or toilets immediately.Ask staff or students to report any leaks immediately to the facilities team.Replace full-flush toilets with low-flush toilets that use significantly less water than regular flush toilets.Replace standard shower heads with a low flow aerated shower heads. This provides the same water pressure but uses half a gallon less water a minute.,Educate students about the dangers of plastic bags.Reuse garbage bags in cubicle bins by emptying all garbage into one bag at the end of the day.Purchase biodegradable plastic bags instead of regular plastic bags.Use reusable, durable containers or bags for storage instead of plastic bags.Encourage the use of reusable/washable dishware and cutlery at events and programmes organised by the institution.Encourage staff to bring their own mugs for coffee or te.,6. Avoid Plastic Pollution,If possible develop an organic vegetable garden within the campus of your institution.Create a healthy food policy for your institution.Provide professional development opportunities for teachers/parents and other support staff to teach and promote healthy eating and being active.Involve students/parents/staff in guiding food policy and practice within the institution and enable them to contribute to healthy eating, and act on their feedback. Encourage staff/students/parents to develop healthy eating habits and the benefits of eating organically produced food. ,7. HEALTHY FOOD,Plan a field day for students to get out, explore and appreciate the local environment.Volunteer with the local department staff in your region to participate and organise programmes that protect endangered species of flora and fauna.Organise/Participate in tree plantations in the neighbourhood or region. Sponsor an environmental challenge/competition for a community.Clean your local water bodies, forest lands and other habitats in your locality.,8. ENRICHED BIODIBERSITY,,9. GREEN PROCUREMENT,Encourage the use of environmentally friendly products & promote locally produced productsPurchase products packaged in minimal or biodegradable packaging.Have clearly defined operational procedures and standards and train staff in order to reduce unnecessary/careless errors or use of materials.Avoid unnecessary purchases for the office/business; all purchases eventually become waste.Plan operations carefully to use the minimum inputs/materials possible.Buy materials in concentrate or in bulk when possible to reduce on packaging waste.Buy products that are reusable, returnable or refillable.,GREEN PAPER RECYCLED,10. Green Committee,Promote Eco-clubs in the Institution Sponsor a programme/club that educates children about the environment.Post environmental messages/reminders at the institution.Organize presentations/seminars/workshops to staff about eco-practices or environmental issues.Post environmental messages and tips at key locations at your institution.