The Big Idea
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Every school in the UK is a model of sustainability, developing young people that live in an environmentally responsible way and help to drive the transition to a sustainable society.
To enable young people to fulfil their potential by providing resources and support to schools to engage them in environmental projects, building their skills and aspirations while encouraging them, their community and wider society to live in a more sustainable way.
Henry Greenwood is founder and managing director of Green Schools Project. In the summer of 2015 he gained an UnLtd Do It award, has been supported by the Teach First Innovation Unit, has won funding and support from the RSA and graduated from the School of Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme in October 2017.
As part of the first cohort of Teach First in 2003 Henry trained as a Maths teacher at Kingsmead School in Enfield. During his time at the school he created and developed the role of Sustainability Coordinator. He assembled a group of enthusiastic Year 12 students who then embarked on an energy saving campaign that saved the school around £35,000 over 3 years, started a recycling competition in which 93% of forms took part, installed solar panels, created a vegetable garden selling potatoes, onions and carrots to staff, and carried out various other projects for which they were awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.
After 2 years as Head of Maths at Skinners’ Academy in Hackney he decided to step out of teaching in order to start Green Schools Project. The ideas and resources built up during the successful programme at Kingsmead have been used as the basis for this.
Morgan Phillips has been involved in the UK sustainability sector since 2003. He holds a PhD in Environmental Education and is a trustee at NAEE. Morgan currently runs The Glacier Trust, working to support Climate Change adaptation in Nepal.
Previously, Morgan spent five years at Keep Britain Tidy. He led the Eco-Schools programme for three years, managed multiple education projects and developed Our Common Place, an innovative community engagement programme.
Morgan organised and chaired Green Schools Project’s first ever public event The Environment in Brexit Britain. He is supporting the strategic development of Green Schools Project as Associate Director.
Laura House is a primary school teacher and teacher trainer with 8 years’ experience working in the education sector. After 5 years working with Teach First to address educational inequality in the UK, Colombia and in the Brazilian Amazon, Laura joined the RSA as Head of UK Areas in January. Laura is also passionate about the natural world – she can often be found volunteering at the Natural History Museum, walking or sketching animals.
Laura has been working to adapt the Green Schools Project resources for primary schools, for which we launched the programme in January this year.
Karl is a Director of Project Consulting and Business Intelligence at UBS – one of the world’s largest financial services organisations – and met Henry as part of the UBS Community Programme which helps to develop social enterprises.
Karl has an MBA from Henley Management School and has a long career leading and directing significant strategy and transformation programmes. Karl is also passionate about the environment and education and has two small children.
Karl is helping Green Schools Project to engage more schools, secure funding and raise its media presence to grow the programme.
Bruno has worked as a buildings sustainability consultant for engineering firm Arup, spent two years working for himself as Mr Greeny – a sustainable schools advisor – and six years as part of the team that set up and ran the highest performing comprehensive school in England, King Solomon Academy. Since 2014 Bruno has been operating his own highly successful social enterprise for maths education, Times Tables Rock Stars.
Bruno will draw on his previous experience in the field of sustainable schools and his current experience as a teacher-entrepreneur to help with Green Schools Project’s expansion.