Creating One Planet Champions
In preparing our students to be leaders of the future, we feel it is imperative to educate them about wise use of resources, from energy and water consumption to sustaining healthy relationships with themselves and others. Credo integrates five tenets of sustainability throughout our curriculum and in our school values.
- agricultural sustainability through science and yearly Farming and Food Literacy classes, including biodynamic farming;
- environmental sustainability through Environmental Science classes, our One Planet Leadersip Team, partnerships with SOMO Village and One Planet Communities, and designation as Sonoma County's only public school to have earned certification as a Green Business by the County Supervisors;
- economic sustainability through Financial Literacy classes and partnerships with Sonoma County GoLocal and social finance organizations;
- social sustainability through weekly classes that deliver a social-emotional learning curriculum, and through service learning locally and beyond; and
- personal sustainability through a weekly Personal Sustainability class that includes personal reflection and addresses the developmental needs of growing teens.
In striving to meet these goals, Credo has parentered with Bioregional, a worldwide nonprofit headquartered in London that develops One Planet Communities on six continents--including SOMO Village in Rohnert Park, California. Credo is a One Planet School and we have developed a comprehensive One Planet Action Plan, which details the actions the school will take, across all ten One Planet principles, to reach One Planet Living. This includes supporting our students to protect the planet, minimising our own impact on the environment and spreading the message of One Planet Living into our local community.
In September 2017, our One Planet Action Plan was endorsed by Bioregional as demonstrating planetary leadership in One Planet Living. Peer reviewer, Ben Gill said: “Credo High School’s One Planet Action Plan is exceptionally ambitious with a clear, well-structured strategy. Furthermore, they already have the committed team in place that will be required to deliver the plan.”
The plan is structured by actions to be taken in the curriculum, on the campus and in the local community and include:
- Health and happiness: ensuring the curriculum values the diversity of individual ways of learning and gives students the opportunity to develop not just intellectually, but physically, spiritually and socially
- Equity and local economy: Provide a free and equitable education experience to all students attending Credo, ensuring activities, meal programs and trips are accessible to all students especially those coming from under-served communities
- Land and nature: Host at least four events throughout each that bring the community together to participate in taking care of our surrounding land and native wildlife
- Zero waste: Send less than 2% of waste by weight to landfill by 2020
- Zero carbon: 100% of energy consumed is supplied by non-polluting renewable energy generated onsite.
The One Planet Leadership Team
Credo’s students are heavily involved in delivering our action plan. The One Planet leadership team comprises 30 students who work together to engage the whole school with sustainability. The team attends two One Planet classes a week to learn about each principle, organize events, work on projects and develop leadership skills.
Each member is a "captain" for one of the ten principles and supports projects for this principle. So far, they have organized several beach clean-ups, two zero waste Christmas fairs, two annual Sustainability Youth Summit conferences, monthly events with local sustainability speakers and several film showings
Read Credo's One Planet Action Plan here: https://www.bioregional.com/credo-high-school/