Sustainability is one of SHE’s core values.

Generally, sustainability can be described as the ability of individuals and communities to satisfy basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life, without compromising the quality and quantity of resources for future generations.  

Any initiative planned by a school can be defined as sustainable if it is long-term, adequately resourced, and embedded in an on-going educational process. Sustainability in the school setting considers health in a broad perspective for example health is not simply about not getting sick rather it a state of well being generally. The activities of health-promoting schools that go beyond the school’s educational curriculum and include engagement of the school with their local or global community can be described as sustainable. For example, schools that invite community partners, such as local farmers or district nurses to provide learning opportunities for students with focus on real-life experiences and practices.

Click here to read more about how your school can become a sustainable school in relation to health and education

Search the SHE glossary