The Pathway Towards Low Carbon Schools: Criteria, Targets and Solutions


Jesús Lizana, PhD – Researcher, Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Ricardo Chacartegui, PhD – Professor, Energy Engineering Department, University of Seville, Seville, Spain
Susana Marta Almeida, PhD – Researcher, Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Vítor José Freira Manteigas, MSc – Professor, Environmental Health, H&TRC – Health & Technology Research Center, ESTeSL – Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029030; ARC018000

This publication summarizes a long period of research on the environmental performance of schools inside the framework of the ClimACT project (2016-2019). It proposes a methodological approach towards a low-carbon economy based on two main actions for environmental education in schools: measuring the environmental performance of school communities through a school sustainability index based on measurable indicators in the areas of transport, procurement, green spaces, indoor air quality, energy, water and waste; and encouraging students, teachers, and families towards an energy-efficient and low-carbon pathway through a structural procedure based on roles, activities and progress evaluation. The book includes the results of 39 pilot schools in Europe before and after implementing the methodology and the catalog of low-carbon activities and solutions proposed and implemented to empower school communities towards a low-carbon economy.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. ClimACT Project

Chapter 3. ClimACT Methodology

Chapter 4. Schools’ Performance

Chapter 5. Towards a Low-Carbon School

Chapter 6. Portfolio of Low-Carbon Activities and Solutions

Chapter 7. Conclusions




Editor’s ORCID iD

Jesús Lizana
Ricardo Chacartegui
Susana Marta Almeida
Vítor José Freira Manteigas