Whole-School Sustainability

whole-school sustainability // The incorporation of sustainability into all aspects of a school organization.


WSS framework The term whole-school sustainability gained widespread attention when used in Henderson & Tilbury's international review of sustainability programs. We believe that by integrating sustainability into a school’s physical space, organizational culture, and educational program, schools can be sustainability teaching tools. Check out our research report for more information on this approach.


Barr, S., Leigh, K. & Dunbar, B. (2011). Green Schools That Teach: Research Report Institute for the Built Environment.

Barr, S., Dunbar, B. & Schiller, C. (2012). Sustainability in Schools: Why Green Buildings have Become a Catalyst. The CEFPI Planner. Council for Educational Facilities Planners. (p.0).

Barr, S., Leigh, K., Dunbar, B., & Tremblay, K. (2011). Green Schools That Teach: Whole-School Sustainability. Thought Leadership and Research Proceedings. Greenbuild, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON. US Green Building Council, 4 October 2011.

Barr, S.(2011). Green Schools that Teach: Identifying Attributes of Whole School Sustainability. Master's Thesis. Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Recent Presentation: "A Green School Isn't Actually Green...Without Whole-School Sustainability", Green Schools National Conference