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Education for sustainable development


‘ESD: Education that allows learners to acquire the skills, abilities and knowledge to live a more sustainable life’

Solihull Council has a support network to empower your school to develop sustainability from whatever starting point you are at.

A schools’ sustainability engagement officer based in the sustainable development team works with schools. For details of support available please contact:

Sarah Lardner
Engagement Officer
Twitter: @susschsoli
Facebook: ecoschsoli

More detail about actions and best practice can be seen in the education for substainable development (ESD) report 2018-2019

**Teaching resources**

Home learning

Biodiversity, food and farming

Recycling, plastics and marine


Sustainability careers & courses

Global Goals

Climate Change

Environment themed books

Greener schools awards webinar

Schools can find out how to apply for this year’s Greener schools awards at a free webinar hosted by Solihull Council on Tuesday April 30, from 3.45pm to 4.30pm.

The awards challenge children and staff to learn about the environment locally and globally and recognises their excellent contribution to building sustainably and helping the environment.

The free webinar will provide detail on:

  • the three levels of the award you can apply to
  • what evidence you will need to apply
  • what resources are available to support your school’s activities
  • examples of past applications and activities

The Greener school awards are hosted by Solihull Council and are free for all schools to apply.

The deadline to apply for this year’s awards is Monday July 22.

All schools entering the awards receive feedback from Solihull Council and certificates to celebrate their achievements, while award winners also receive handmade wooden plaques.

To sign up for the webinar or for more information or to apply, please contact Sarah Lardner on or 0121 704 6874.

Further details can be found at or via the below information pack.

Greener Solihull school awards leaflet

Greener Solihull schools awards 2020

The greener Solihull schools awards challenge children and staff to learn about the environment locally and globally, and make their school more eco-friendly. A leaflet, awards pack and application can be downloaded. We also encourage schools to follow the Eco-Schools Programme.

Greener award information leaflet

Award pack 2020

global goals resources

global goal activities pack

You can apply for level 1, levels 1 and 2 or all 3 levels.Complete an application power point with your evidence for each award level you want to enter for the school year.
Applications must be emailed to by the end of the summer term.

Application level 1

Application level 2

Application level 3

2021 Award applications & pack (Covid response changes)

Award pack 2021

2021 Application level 1

2021 Application level 2

2021 Application level 3

Sustainable support

Contacts for sustainability support in schools on various topic areas.

SMBC support for school element of #WMCA2041 green paper

WMCA Mapping Solihull MBC


For pupil involvement contact

For bursar and site manager queries contact Solihull Council’s property services team

Take a look at the case study – Teach the children – automated meter reader workshop.

Love Solihull

Love Solihull supports various litter and waste campaigns, including the annual Great British Spring Clean. They can loan litter picking equipment to schools and provide classroom resources.

Planting our Future – link to Free hedgerow habitats for schools, Planting our Future will supply and plant the hedgerow in your school ground.


Solihull Council is a fairtrade borough and supports schools to promote Fairtrade.

Switch Solihull

For various sustainable travel initiatives go to Your future Solihull – Sustainable Travel Awareness and Support |
Transport and travel |

Waste & Recycling – Veolia Framework

For information on the contract please view the Waste and recycling framework 2021 SMBC and Veolia

For information on how to manage waste and recycling in schools, please view the schools guide waste management and recycling for schools

For waste and recycling activities linked to the UN Sustainable Goals please select the UN sustainable goals waste and recycling activities

Life Ready

Employment and Skills Team

Life ready green links