About
Plastic Free Campus, PFC, is a free online programme dedicated to helping schools address the UN SDG goals 12, 13, 14 & 15 by tackling and reducing single use plastics and other items on campus. This programme helps schools make a meaningful environmental impact while also empowering and inspiring students to adopt sustainable values within their own lives. It also teaches them the art of negotiation and self-guided research. By inspiring students we believe the impact will multiply as students carry these values beyond their school life. Hear from Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue and a National Geographic Explorer in Residence: https://youtu.be/Qis4TQSWkAk The PFC site is currently in Beta testing and is being updated with many new features for next school semester. *Single use-plastics (SUP) are plastics that are used only once before they are recycled or thrown away, for example, plastic cups, straws, or PET bottles (among others). Many school campuses use these materials in on-campus events, in the cafeteria, or even in the classroom. GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production GOAL 13: Climate Action GOAL 14: Life Below Water GOAL 15: Life on Land
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
  • Empower students to take action and to inspire behavioural changes for others and themselves;
  • Identify who is responsible for waste management and how school waste is managed downstream – what is recycled, landfill, composted, incinerated?
  • Engage the rest of the school community and encourage them to support these changes;
  • Explore creative alternatives to single-use plastics and research downstream and whether these create new problems of their own, such as requiring industrial composting;
  • Share your lessons with the students who will follow you - integrate the issue of plastic pollution and waste management into the school curricula;
  • To create community awareness of the plastic pollution issue.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
  • To create community awareness of the plastic pollution issue;
  • To inspire behavioural changes for all citizens and potential leaders of the future, and to encourage ecological citizenship;
  • To encourage the wider school community to make local changes;
  • To explore creative alternatives to single- use plastics;
  • To better integrate the issue of plastic pollution and waste management into school curricula;
  • To help schools better reflect and enact the values fixed in school policy.
WHAT IS GAINED THROUGH THE PFC PROGRAMME
  • Learn how to manage a project with a team;
  • Research and understand the political, environment and health issues of plastics in our society;
  • Experience how to negotiate a complex issue such as evaluating the trade-offs between single-use plastics and the alternatives, the cost implications and how to navigate to a mutually agreed solution when faced with disagreement. Getting to YES from NO;
  • Understand the need to look for pragmatic solutions that achieve as many goals as possible and that sometimes 100% solutions just cannot be achieved.
WHAT IS GAINED THROUGH THE PFC PROGRAMME
  • A better understanding of plastic pollution issue (locally, regionally and internationally)
  • A better understanding and targeted focus on the sources of single-use plastics on campus (audit and measurement resources)
  • Resources and tools to conduct community and locally-focused projects
  • Improved curriculum links to integrate the issue of plastic pollution and waste management into the classroom
  • A teachable example of project management and collaboration
Modules
01 —
Getting Started
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Awareness
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Parents
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Procurement
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Plastic-Free Events
06 —
Community Action
Who is in?
Join us
Are you ready to make a difference in your school ? If so, here are the three steps to starting the Plastic Free Campus journey:
Read and understand what is required – see MODULES
Register your school – you will need an Administration or Faculty sponsor