Credo High School in Rohnert Park, California has been recognised by Bioregional as a Global Leader in One Planet Living. Its staff and students share how the sustainability framework has made a difference at their school
Credo High School
Creating One Planet champions
Credo High School addresses its students as leaders of the future and helps them to develop the capabilities, skills and values to address tomorrow’s challenges. Sustainability forms an integral part of the students’ education and the school has chosen One Planet Living as the framework to support this.
The school moved to its new permanent campus at SOMO Village, a One Planet Community, in July 2017. Credo was designed to sit within this development so the One Planet Principles have been at the heart of its development since the beginning.
Credo has developed a comprehensive One Planet Action Plan, which details the actions the school will take across all ten principles, to reach One Planet Living. This includes supporting its students to protect the planet, minimising its own impact on the environment and spreading the message of One Planet Living into its local community.
Credo High School’s One Planet Action Plan is exceptionally ambitious with a clear well-structured strategy. They already have the committed team in place that will be required to deliver the plan.Ben Gill, One Planet Living Consultant
In September 2017, Credo was endorsed by Bioregional as a One Planet School. Both the action plan and peer review can be downloaded below.
The One Planet leadership team
Credo’s students are heavily involved in delivering its action plan. The One Planet leadership team comprises 30 students who work together to engage the whole school in sustainability. The team attends two ‘One Planet’ classes a week to learn about each principle, organise events, work on projects and gain leadership skills.
Each member is a ‘captain’ for one of the ten principles and supports projects for their principle. So far, they have organised several beach clean-ups, a zero-waste Christmas fayre and market, two annual conferences, monthly events with local sustainability speakers and several film showings.
Zero carbon energy
100% of energy consumed is supplied by non-polluting renewable energy generated onsite.
Target of sending less than 2% of waste by weight to landfill.
Land and nature
Host at least four events throughout each year that bring the community together to participate in taking care of the surrounding land and native wildlife.
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
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