Green Learning

Sprout is a green company that offers green learning. Education for sustainable development is carefully integrated into our work because sustainable development affects all sectors.

6 Tips for a Greener Curriculum:

  • Research and consult subject-matter experts regarding how sustainable development relates to the topic. This will feed into specific examples and case studies demonstrating best practices in the field and addressing the challenges associated with an environmental approach;
  • Sustainable Living in Nova ScotiaActively seek out the expertise and input of industry and community stakeholders who model sustainable practices in their work (i.e. organic and fair trade agriculture);
  • Embed knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to sustainable development into any curriculum - regardless of the topic;
  • Create programs that encourage higher-level thinking (i.e. Bloom’s taxonomy) supportive of participatory decisions and behaviours that consider short and long term consequences of an action;
  • Use a valid, real-world, local context that links the broader issues to specific, concrete examples;
  • Address interdisciplinary links, encouraging a more holistic world view that recognizes the inter-relation of culture, economics, politics, science, technology, business, mathematics, and language.

Green Today – Greener Tomorrow

Waste: Sprout uses only 30% or 100% post-consumer recycled paper for all operations, including all printed materials, internal documents and business cards. Marketing materials are printed on Canadian-made 100% recycled seed paper that blooms into flowers.

To reduce paper consumption, internal documents are double-sided and communications with clients (e.g. invoicing) is conducted via electronic methods.  Paper or plastic products are recycled and all food waste is composted (as per HRM guidelines).

Energy: Consumption is reduced by using Energy Star printers and energy saving settings on workstations. No air conditioning.

Carbon Emissions: Whenever possible, client meetings are arranged through conference calls or e-meetings to reduce travel. No commute (in-home office).

Venues: Sprout actively seeks out LEED certified venues with appropriate waste management and carbon footprint considerations for holding stakeholder workshops and larger consultations. For all meetings Sprout seeks out venues that offer locally-sourced, organic and/or Fair Trade nutrition breaks and refreshments.

Cleaning Products: Sprout uses environmentally responsible products in the office where possible.

As we strive to continually improve and take our own journey in lifelong “greening”, there are many things we are still working toward. Here are a few of our goals:

Carbon Offsets: Purchase even more carbon offsets for travel to conferences.

Energy-Efficiency: Continue implementing upgrades to conserve water and improve overall energy efficiency as recommended in our 2009 On-Site Energy Efficiency Evaluation.

Communication: Better communicate to the public how serious we are about our commitment to the environment.