Taking care of the environment and related education should begin early. This helps the children to learn the value of our environment and build an ecological consciousness. So, schools in Australia follow what is known as a school environment management plan.
The School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) is a document that addresses the school community’s intentions for environmental education and management. That means an agreement on collaboration across the school.
Why is SEMP Important?
SEMP helps integrate environmental considerations into school planning. This facilitates the implementation of changes in school culture and daily practice and the application of the principles of ecologically sustainable development in all school activities. It specifies which environmental issues SEMP will address.
In industry and government, environmental management systems are increasingly implemented in accordance with the international standard. The standard requires sector and government organizations to apply sustainable practices at the local level. This international standard is accepted throughout Australia and approved by most government agencies.
Aim of SEMP
The development of SEMPs in schools will help implement the knowledge about ecology and environment which is so much required to maintain a healthy balance. The vision of an SEMP is to establish or improve educational purposes for a sustainable future of knowledge, behavior, skills and values that support the integrity of all creation and human dignity.
It will also help contribute to the achievement of a sustainable future understanding and critical reflection of interconnected social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions at the local, national and global levels of values and traditions of other cultures, with a focus and special on Indigenous culture Australia.
A good SEMP focuses on teaching the values of natural resources, sustainable resource management for water conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency biodiversity planning. It integrates school management to cooperate between the school and its communities.
This is all about a school environment management plan. The most successful SEMPs involve the whole community and have a long-term vision where everyone can work on it and contribute.