Second level - Suggested Activity

Background Notes for Teachers

Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. They are safe and inclusive, well planned, built and run, and offer equality of opportunity and good services for all.

Sustainable communities:

  • Actively seek to minimise climate change through energy efficiency and the use of renewables
  • Protect the environment, by minimising pollution on land, in water and in the air
  • Minimise waste and dispose of it in accordance with current good practice
  • Make efficient use of natural resources, encouraging sustainable production and consumption
  • Protect and improve bio-diversity (e.g. wildlife habitats)
  • Enable a lifestyle that minimises negative environmental impact and enhances positive imapcts (e.g. by creating opportunities for walking and cycling, and reducing noise pollution and dependence on cars)
  • Create cleaner, safer and greener neighbourhoods (e.g. by reducing litter and maintaining pleasant public spaces).

Pupils can also find out how, through research and conservation projects, RZSS contributes to the management and conservation of many threatened species, habitats and communities around the world and find out how they can help to support RZSS in their work.