The past, present and future of mainland China’s green schools

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Abstract

The development of green schools has been a main feature of environmental education in China. The Centre for Environmental Education and Communications (CEEC) started the green school project at both national, provincial, autonomous regions and city levels from 2000 to 2006. In 2007, the former State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) (now named the Ministry of Environmental Protection) registered China as a member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and thus, established its connection with international green schools. Since then the CEEC has coordinated the Eco-Schools project which is supported by the FEE.
This chapter, based on the previous work of Zeng et al. (2009) and other literature, provides an updated and critical review of green school (eco-schools) development. The first section reviews the development of green schools and related environmental education curriculum policy changes as well as promotion strategies in the Chinese Mainland since 2000 to now. The second section covers the status and challenges of regional differences in green schools in China as a vast country with diverse ethnic and socio-economic diversity. The third section provides examples of green school in different regions in China and identify successful factors and challenges of implementation. The final section discusses the future prospect of green school development in China. Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen schools globally: Stories of impact on education for sustainable development
EditorsAnnette GOUGH, John Chi-Kin LEE, Eric Po Keung TSANG
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages125-146
ISBN (Electronic)9783030468194
ISBN (Print)9783030468200
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Huang, Y., & Lee, J. C.-K. (2020). The past, present and future of mainland China’s green schools. In A. Gough, J. C.-K. Lee, & E. P. K. Tsang (Eds.), Green schools globally: Stories of impact on education for sustainable development (pp. 125-146). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • Waste management education
  • Waste reduction project
  • Eco-school
  • Case study
  • China

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