Teachers and students grow gardens and consume organic foods at public schools in RS

A total of 8 institutes joined the project. The goal is to reach 19 schools in 2018

Divulgação: G1

Divulgação: G1

Planting, caring for and harvesting organic food from the garden, to eat during school meals and even take home. That is the purpose of the Education & Sustainability Project in Carazinho, in northern Rio Grande do Sul, with eight public high schools joining the program, which just reached the end of its first year.

The initiative by teacher Rodrigo Berté consists of creating and maintaining mandala gardens (circular with various crops) at public schools. To do this, teachers were trained to cover topics such as environmental education in the classroom. The goal is to teach students to take better care of the environment.

The benefit is that planted products are organic and are used in students’ school meals. Within the institutions, composting units were developed for waste. The action includes partnership from the city’s Specialized Promoter of the Environment, the International University Center (Uninter) and the Municipal Secretariat of Education and Culture.

According to the project’s creator, at some schools, the benefits went beyond healthier eating. Water and power consumption fell by 25% over the year.

A mission – Saving water and energy for a more sustainable world is an IP Institute commitment. In 2017, the Guardians of the Water Project alone was able to cut water waste in schools in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region. Winning institutions were able to build cisterns to collect and reuse rainwater, creating savings on water costs.

But it did not stop there. Nature and Body, a program working with the concept of the garden in the school environment, had its first harvest in October and benefitted centers supporting homeless people in Três Lagoas (MS). Around seven kilos of vegetables were harvested and received by Vera Helena, the Social Assistance Secretary, at a special event at the Joaquim Marques de Souza school.

The IP  sustainability report shows the company’s good practices in different indicators, such as: natural resources preservation and savings, occupational safety, personnel management, community actions, and more. You can access it at http://relatorio.institutoip.com.br/2016/index.html.

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