Sustainability

Sustainability

Inspired by the TV show “War on Waste” and a National Science Week competition to produce a poster promoting methods to reduce waste at the College, a small group of committed and passionate students and teachers met in 2019. They discussed ways they could reduce waste at the College and promote sustainable activities.  

 

Student counsellors in Years 7 – 12 have now formed a “Sustainability Sub-Committee” and meet weekly to develop leadership skills and discuss strategies, ideas, source resources, organise clean-up days. Sustainability has now become a cross-curricular priority across the College.   

Achievements:

Achievements:  

  • No plastic straws at canteen well before the ban in WA  
  • Canteen moved to biodegradable packing where possible  
  • Co-mingle recycling bins in offices  
  • Fortnightly collection of comingle waste  
  • Recycle bins in the yard  
  • Students met Damon Gameau “2040 film” at the screening of the film  
  • After school ‘clean up days’ – well attended  
  • Battery/mobile phone/paper recycling – several years running  
  • Stationary and plastic lid/tags recycling  
  • Sustainable food practices in Home Ec 
  • Year 8 Project-Based STEM two-week activity exploring sustainability, plastics, pollution, gardening, worm farms, urban heat  
  • Sustainability hub in Science area: Compost tumblers, Worm farm, and Raised garden beds  
  • Purchase of the ClimateClever app (subsidised 50% by the City of Joondalup). A school-wide approach to audit and track energy, water and waste consumption in order to reduce costs, develop action plans, improve sustainable practices and reduce carbon footprint.   
  • ClimateClever App to be used by Business Students in Cert courses.   
  • Sustainability Sub-Committee students have contacted local government counsellors to seek assistance in securing grants/funds to get more recycling bins into the yard for ‘containers for change’  
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