It has been a most remarkable afternoon in the company of Bursars and Estates Managers. I had the opportunity today to be a part of a presentation on delivering a low carbon school with Andy Woodland, bursar of Bootham School, who gave me the opportunity to describe ESR. The meeting was the Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA) annual update for Estates Managers and the focus this year was very firmly on Sustainable Schools and how to deliver them.
We are sharing a language AND a perspective and it is clear that sustainability makes both business and educational sense. Andy’s presentation identified both the imperative to take action to reduce climate change and the action that he and his school are taking to play a part in effecting this change. The rapidly changing and uncertain world socially and economically, the real threat of climate change, the loss of biodiversity and resource depletion can only be addressed through partnerships and I am thrilled to have been part of something today that signals an evolution of the sustainable development movement in independent schools.