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The big idea
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 is currently on the School of Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2016/17.
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.
Laura House is a qualified teacher and teacher trainer with 8 years’ experience working in the education sector. She has spent the last few years working with Teach First to address educational inequality in the UK, Colombia and in the Brazilian Amazon. Laura is also passionate about the natural world – she can often be found volunteering at the Natural History Museum, walking or sketching animals.
As a Primary School teacher Laura has been working to adapt the Green Schools Project resources for Primary Schools, which we are planning to roll out in January 2017.
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.
Vision & Mission
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.