Sustainable development at Lycée Condorcet
For several years now, LCS has been fully invested in its mission to educate students about sustainable development through a school plan, class projects and the involvement and initiatives of teachers, students and parents.
Our school is committed to perennial solutions in both the school’s infrastructure and in the children’s education. LCS also participates in the Eco-Schools initiative, one of the world’s largest education programs for sustainable development. The program was created by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the Australian branch is run by the Keep Australia Beautiful organisation. We are regularly involved in recycling projects with the help of local partners (Return and Earn, Terracycle) with the aim of promoting sustainable daily habits.
LCS is proud to have received level 2 of the AEFE sustainable development in schools label, EFE3D, ‘Établissement français à l’étranger en démarche de développement durable’.
The EFE3D label recognises French schools abroad that are committed to sustainable development, and is composed of 3 levels. Currently only level 2, we are now working hard to reach level 3!
Our school ventures to create a positive environment that enables systematic recycling and combats waste in our canteen. We have also been granted the opportunity to participate in a pilot project for FOGO bins (Food Organics and Garden Organics) for organic waste to be composted. These bins are currently in place in the canteen and have led to a significant reduction in organic waste in the regular, non-recycling bins. We have also placed recycling bins in Elementary School classrooms and put out FOGO bins in the courtyards so that the children can use them during their breaks. Furthermore, our school has vowed to refrain from using single-use cups and bottles at events and meetings.
Reducing Energy Consumption
One of our goals at the school is to reduce our energy consumption as this is one of the main contributors to our carbon footprint. Working towards this goal, we have updated the insulation in several classrooms and, by the end of 2020, over half of all classrooms will have been re-insulated. This upgrade will help maintain the temperature at a stable level, reducing heat loss and making our heating more efficient over all. These measures were accompanied by the installation of solar panels on our gym roof in April 2020, aiming to make a significant impact on our energy consumption and thereby reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
At LCS, we work actively to protect and to boost biodiversity. We have created a sensory garden on our grounds, as well as an insect hotel, and Toa, our gardener, plants herbs and vegetables which are used in preparing the meals in our canteen. Our aim is to give students the opportunity to partake in concrete activities here at school that help protect the environment. This is an ongoing process and we are constantly working on new ideas on how we can further reduce our carbon footprint.
In line with the recommendations of the French Ministry of National Education, our school works actively to combat global warming, protect the environment and conserve biodiversity, and has created a student Eco Committee, Eco-LCS.
Eco-LCS: Who are we?
The Eco-LCS committee consists of class representatives aged 5-17 who are accompanied by teachers and members of our administration team.
What is our mission?
The Eco-LCS committee’s mission is to promote behaviour and habits in class that are respectful of the environment, and to propose initiatives that contribute to the protection of our planet. Our eco-representatives act as links between their class and the school administration, ambassadors of change, decision makers and guarantors of the actions carried out.
We work to preserve biodiversity, limit energy and water consumption, and reduce and recycle waste.
Our eco-representatives meet regularly throughout the year to discuss possible measures to reduce our school’s carbon footprint, such as projects, events and improvements to our facilities. The delegates have also collaborated with the CVC and the CVL on sustainability projects and at round table meetings.