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Education for sustainability coupled with good estate management of schools leads to ‘Energy Efficient Schools’. Schools can lead the way in energy efficiency and sustainable resource use by taking advantage of high-tech 21st-century tools to drastically reduce energy use.

Zafa Raja - Chief Operating Officer, GEMS Education

Energy

Education for sustainability coupled with good estate management of schools leads to ‘Energy Efficient Schools’. Schools can lead the way in energy efficiency and sustainable resource use by taking advantage of high-tech 21st Century tools to drastically reduce energy use.

GEMS has deployed EP&T’s EDGE Zeus technology at 3 schools (GEMS WSO, DAA, and GWA) since October 2021 and at another 3 schools (GEMS GMA, GFS, and GNS) from September 2022 delivering AED 2.6m Gross savings.

Waste Management 

Waster Conservation estimates that waste generation will increase from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. At least 33% of this waste is mismanaged globally today through open dumping or burning.

Students must learn how recycling can conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while hazardous waste disposal can prevent contamination of soil and water sources. Additionally, the importance of organic waste segregation and composting to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and create nutrient-rich soil amendments for gardens and farms should be iterated.

GEMS Education believes in leading by example and giving the next generation the tools, ideas, and logic to make sound decisions about environmental best practices. Mrs Asha Alexander, Executive Leader – Climate Change of GEMS Education, in a tie-up with Dulsco Waste Management Services facilitated workshops for Managers of School Operations as well as the GEMS Global Ambassador teachers and students in January 2023.

The first workshop that was conducted for all Managers of School Operations was designed to lay the foundations of waste management, segregation and measurement at the operational level. The second workshop that was conducted for all GEMS Global Teacher and Student Ambassadors introduced the participants to the importance of waste management and basic actionable acts that they can take in their respective schools.

All GEMS Education schools from April 2023 will begin segregating and measuring their waste with support from Dulsco as well as upcycling or re-cycling waste.

 

Plant a Legacy

Legacy is something we leave behind. It’s learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. It is all about an interconnection across time, with a need for those who have come before us and a responsibility to those who come after us. PLANT A LEGACY or famously called #PAL is a worldwide planting drive that aims to restore and green a desert. It focuses on experientially empowering students to be aware and conscious of climate change fallout and therefore, to do something to slow it down. As a part of the GEMS Global Ambassadors Program (GGA), more than 40,000 trees have been planted across 42 countries.

More to Explore

  • Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues in teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption.

  • GEMS Global Ambassadors’ Society (GGA) is a global collaborative community, founded in the year 2021 and has student and teacher ambassadors from 50 schools across 15 countries.

  • Explore current sustainability events taking place.

Our international education footprint extends to 49 schools across the UAE, Qatar and Egypt, delivering a consistent, dynamic, high-quality education for every child.
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