Many schools have untapped assets such as land, natural resources, sunlight and rainfall that are often ignored and under-utilised. Landscape design should not be overlooked, as strategic masterplanning can have considerable cost benefits as well as improving academic performance, comfort conditions, and the health of students and the wider community.
Increase in the quality, quantity and biodiversity of the landscape around buildings is part of an holistic approach to sustainable design.
Cultivation can form a useful part of the school curriculum. Food production should be seen as a basis for healthy eating, education and cost saving.