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Environmental Sustainability

Schools can be a powerful force in driving change towards environmental sustainability within communities.

Â鶹ֱ²¥ aims to reduce its ecological footprint through the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices in our everyday lives. We aim to lead the community by developing strategies to reduce waste and water usage, monitor and reduce energy usage, enhance campus biodiversity and advance environmental literacy.

We have a strategic commitment as outlined in theÌıstrategic plan, Striving for Excellence 2021-2025 to enhance the environmental sustainability of the School's operations.

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Environmental sustainability achievementsÌı

Just some of our achievements to date:

  • LED lights installed campus wide.
  • Only compostable food containers, utensils and other sustainable packaging options provided by theÌıschool canteen.
  • Student-led Environmental Action Group and involvement inÌıTake 3 and Clean Up Australia Day.
  • Steady reduction in waste sent to landfill through increased recycling and initiatives such asÌıWaste Free Wednesday.
  • Solar panels installed on the Junior School, Library, RLC and Performing Arts Centre roofs; 100 percent of the School's power requirements come from renewable sources with 33 percentÌınow generated onsite. TheÌıremainder is from renewable sources on the grid.
  • Reduction in water usage through the collection of water on site.
  • Only biodegradable disposable gloves used onsite.
  • Extensive planting, in particular of native species, to support biodiversity.
  • Steady reduction of onsite printing.
  • Purposeful environmental design of the Junior SchoolÌıto take advantage of natural ventilation and lighting to reduce energy usage.
  • Ìıold school uniform collectionÌıand a generalÌıclothing bank.
  • Review of cleaning products to ensure the highest environmental credentials.

Next steps

  • Establish separate organic waste collectionÌıin suitable locations.
  • Review options for comingled and soft plastics recycling.
  • Review procurement procedures to favour organisations that are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and improving their environmental credentials.
  • Complete anÌıenvironmentalÌısustainability scope and sequence across K to 12.
  • Review environmental credentials for all products used in maintaining gardens and grounds.
  • Digitisation of current paper-based work processes.
  • ContinuedÌıreduction of onsite printing.
  • Audit of current carbon footprint to enable the developmentÌıof reduction targets.

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