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Genesis has been working with schools in the South West to generate new learning in sustainability for over 3 years.

The Centre has created activities for both primary and secondary school pupils that map against the national curriculum and that introduce sustainable issues., fitting with the National Framework, DFES Eight Doorways and supporting Eco School status.

To find out more about our programme of school activities for 2009, please download our activities leaflet

Further educational links and opportunities are in development with schools and Colleges across the region.

Technical Tours can also be arranged. Prices generally start at £150 for a group. We also offer a Sustainable Development Day for educational organisations and companies who wish to bring staff along to learn more. This runs as a whole day programme.

If you wish to talk to someone in more depth about sustainability or sustainable building then a 'surgery' type session can be arranged for you at a cost of £50.00 please call 01823 366528.

New for 2009: NCFE Level 2 in Sustainable Development is now available suitable for staff development and for training your businesses, plus bespoke courrses.

CPD courses run for one day and are limited to a maximum of 20 places. Please book early to avoid disappointment. For a full programme of courses or to register email genesis@somerset.ac.uk

All courses run several times throughout the year. .

Enter the Genesis Young Environmentalist competition, sponsored by Viridor Waste Management. the competition is open to secondary schools, FE Colleges and Universities.

Results are announced at an Awards day in June

Schools Activities

The Genesis Project aims to introduce the skills and knowledge around sustainable communities - that support sustainable lifestyles and career opportunities for young people. With this in mind we have devised a programme of activities and skills to enjoy, educate and inform.

All activities are designed to complement and enhance units of the National curriculum as well as being of great educational value in their own right. Each activity can be run over a morning/afternoon or preferably a full school day. Alternatively you may book a skill and/or an activity.

All the activities fit across major national curriculum areas such as:
Art, English Citizenship, Design and Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, PSHE, Science, Enterprise

What does sustainable construction mean?

• Impacts on the environment
• What makes a sustainable community?
• Sustainability - making economic sense.
These threads run throughout all our activities and skills and map against the Sustainable Schools Agenda.

Public Spaces

Places for people, enrich the existing, work with the landscape, make places connect, design for improvement, change for the better. Design public spaces to enjoy. What should be in them - places to sit (street furniture), areas to meet friends, public art, sculpture, murals, lighting, colour? (Consider a space in your school, here at the College or within the town. To be discussed prior to booking)

The waste trail - linking thinking

There is a trail, a landfill trail and a recycling trail. In teams we will track them and endeavour to produce a landfill game. Your teams will present findings. We have the dice, we can team score, we just need your input.

Career pathways and sustainability

Businesses will have to embrace sustainability, how learning now can support young people in their chosen career. We can look at several career pathways and develop a plan that integrates sustainability, making it the heart of successful businesses.

Sustainable Schools Awards

There are several official awards given to schools via the Sustainable Schools Action plan. We can assist you in your delivery - Buildings and Grounds fit perfectly with the Genesis build. This activity will help young people embrace design, health and wellbeing, community and much more.

Reducing Energy and investigating renewables

Reducing Energy, what can we do? How important is insulation? What materials can we use to insulate? Insulating naturally - is there a difference? Investigate the main ways of generating energy from renewable sources, scenarios/pluses and minuses.


Building with natural building materials. The possibilities include:
• Building with cob
• Designing with earth
• Straw
• Willow structures
• Community art projects (working with reclaimed/natural materials)

For more information please contact Yvonne Mackeson:
01823 366756, yvonne.mackeson@somerset.ac.uk

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