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Sustainable Learning

Sustainable Learning

We are extremely excited to be the newest member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust and we are working closely with our partners from Bowmer + Kirkland, the Department for Education (DfE) and Medway Council to build a school that boasts incredible, state-of-the-art facilities to compliment the highest standard of teaching and learning.

The school will be developed to deliver a carbon neutral build and we believe that we have a responsibility to continue this work to secure the school’s long term environmental sustainability aims.

Many young people hold strong concerns about climate change and the challenges that this might present for future generations. At Maritime Academy we want to ensure that as a community, we work together to be responsible and respectful for where we live and learn. We aim to make sustainability a part of everyday school life; from incorporating topics throughout our curriculum, to reducing the use of single use plastics, active recycling and encouraging greener ways to travel to school.

Across the first year, students will be encouraged to get involved with the schools sustainability planning as we launch our student Eco Committee.

The Maritime Academy will be:

  • Monitoring targets for energy, water and waste reduction
  • Investing in transportation initiatives for students and staff
  • Reviewing and expanding sustainability learning material within the curriculum
  • Encouraging houses and individuals to promote their own sustainability activities
  • Making informed business decisions with a focus on environmental and social considerations
  • Working to reduce our carbon emissions

Introducing our partnership with Moon

As part of our work and commitment to ensure that we are as environmentally friendly as possible, we have entered into a partnership with Moon to provide water bottles to our Students.

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“We’re a boutique UK company with a passion for reusable products, so can afford to charge less for premium insulated bottles made from the highest grade of stainless steel. We instead focus our efforts on reducing our environmental impact, offering the best customer service.

We’ve teamed up with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant 5 trees for every Moon Bottle sold on our website. We also donate 10% of our annual profits to restore healthy forests and help communities in poverty.

Moon Bottles will keep your water cold for the full 24 hours. Their unpainted metal base also means they’ll stay polished and scratch-free for as long as possible. All our bottles are 100% BPA free, food-safe and leak proof. No surprise nasties, accidental spillage or icky chemicals here.”

Moon and Sustainability

Every person who switches to a Moon Bottle prevents roughly 156 plastic bottles from being thrown away each year. We’re proud of this work, but can always do more. We consider it our lifelong task to find new ways to care for our Mother Earth.

Moon has partnered with eco-initiative Verdn which attaches environmental benefits to every product you purchase. For each Moon product sold, five mangrove trees are planted in Madagascar, Mozambique or Kenya. These trees provide crucial income to villagers who rely on the land for food and shelter. They also rebuild ecosystems by restoring sea-life habitats and reducing greenhouse gasses.

More recently, we partnered with ClimatePartner to measure the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) of the trusty Moon Bottle. In doing so, we’ve been able to set long term targets in reducing this bottle’s overall carbon footprint and offsetting any unavoidable CO2 by supporting a certified climate action project.

This ‘carbon neutral’ label enables you, our loyal ‘Mooner’ to learn more about the project we invest in and our commitment to being as transparent as possible regarding the bottle’s carbon neutrality.

Key Milestones

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Maritime and Moon

As an Academy that is committed to sustainability, we have worked with Moon to purchase  bespoke Maritime water bottles. The bottles are Maritime blue and they have our distinctive logo embossed into the design. We are really pleased to be able to offer these water bottles to every student on their first day at the Academy free of charge. The students will be expected to write their name on the bottom of the bottle and to look after it during their time at the Academy.

As a sustainable school, single use plastics are not permitted in the Academy, this includes plastic water bottles, cartons, cans and other drink containers. Only the Academy issued water bottle is permitted at the Academy and it must contain water only. Students will use their water bottles at both break and lunchtime and will have the opportunity to refill their water bottle during the school day.

On the rare occasion a student misplaces their water bottle, a new bottle must be purchased from the school shop through the My Child at School App.

We have purchased 200 Maritime water bottles for our children and staff. Moon have teamed up with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant 5 trees for every Moon Bottle – that is 1000 extra trees planted from Maritime’s purchase alone. . They also donate 10% of their annual profits to restore healthy forests and help communities in poverty.

The benefits of drinking water and the impact of plastics on the environment

Looking after the planet is more important than ever, and like many others, we want to help create a more sustainable future. We endeavour to make a positive change within our Academy to work in ways that has a positive impact on the environment.

According to Sir David Attenborough, the world is starting to wake up to the realities of plastic pollution.

“I think we’re all shifting our behaviour, I really do,” Sir David said in an interview with the BBC.

Attenborough called plastic pollution “vile” but believes that people are changing their habits and that “the world is waking up to what we’ve done to the planet”. He continues by stating, “Plastic pollution is fast becoming recognised as a global emergency that rapidly needs addressing, with subsequent swift intervention. Changes are being made on large and small scales across the globe – why not have a think about the every day changes you could implement?”

The Maritime Academy is committed to sustainability.  We will work with our students and other members of the Maritime Community to ensure that where possible, we make choices that impact positivity on the environment.