John-Paul Patton is an Environmental Education Consultant with over 17 years experience in the field. He is passionate about young people engaging in, learning about and taking action in developing a more ecologically sustainable world. He is very keen to share his significant knowledge and experience in the field and to help take Environmental Education to the next level for the organisations he works with.
Queens University Belfast employed John-Paul in 2017 as an Environmental Education Consultant to present at a prestigious Environmental Leadership training programme for teachers working in the sector. His presentation was described as ‘inspirational’ by Dr. Ian Humphries, the Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, who organised the event.
John-Paul also worked in 2017 for Eco-Schools Northern Ireland as a Project Officer and as a Green Flag Assessor and prepared a case-study of Best Practice in his experience and visited and assessed a record 45 nursery, primary and secondary schools, throughout Northern Ireland. He found the standard of work being done by these Green Flag schools to be of a very high standard and really enjoyed giving feedback and sharing best practice with pupils and staff.
He worked for 17 years as a Teacher and Environment Coordinator in Lagan College Belfast. During this time he led the College to become the premier Eco-School at secondary level in Northern Ireland through consistently being awarded 5 consecutive Eco-Schools Green Flag Awards. Under John-Paul’s passionate leadership the school also was awarded Eco-Schools Ambassador Status for Climate Change.
John-Paul was also awarded the prestigious EarthWatch Teacher Award in recognition of his work in promoting Environmental Education.
Furthermore John-Paul is an Ambassador to Ireland for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), has been a awarded a certificate by Gaia Education in Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), has conducted residential case-study visits to six Ecovillages and is the Director of the Enriched Earth Ecovillage project which is pioneering an Educational Ecovillage in Ireland as a centre of excellence is sustainability.
John-Paul is determined that young people are fully informed and empowered to lead the way in creating a more sustainable world.
As someone whose primary focus is genuine service to Environmental Education, John-Paul offers a bespoke consultancy service to best meet the needs of your organisation.
Do you need a one-hour focused consultancy meeting, a Staff Development workshop, a special environmental education project or a retainer service?
Whatever your Environmental Education needs are they will be met to the highest professional standards in the field.
For more information please contact John-Paul.
As CEO of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, I have known John-Paul Patton for many years, particularly because of our shared passion for environmental education, delivered through Eco-Schools. John-Paul implemented the programme as close to perfection as I have ever seen (and I have visited Eco-Schools in many countries) at Lagan College where he worked.
He is one of the few teachers who had not just the ability but more importantly had the confidence to let the students lead themselves and learn through their own experiences, being only gently guided and supported by John-Paul. This takes great courage in a teacher given that training revolves around how to control the class, not let it go. John-Paul not only knew how to get the best out of the students.
He also proved inspirational when helping Keep NI Beautiful deliver leadership training for post-primary teachers through the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University. He was inspirational and this was reflected in feedback from the teachers. In summary, John-Paul is a courageous, passionate and inspirational individual who can make things happen.