- Schools For a Sustainable Future
synergy vol 1 issue 2
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Schools & The Environment
It's nearing the end of the millennium and apart from the fact that there are more humans inhabiting the earth than ever before, Western societies are 'consuming' at a frightening pace, with little or no regard for the real cost to our planet. As a concerned citizen, I wanted to make a difference.
My children attend Chatham Primary School and last year I approached the Principal, Mrs Jan Morris, regarding waste minimisatin at Chatham.
I was delighted to receive an enthusiastic response to my initiative which proposed reducing our waste to landfill by 50% by the end of 1998.
I discovered that our school produced 2,500 cubic metres of rubbish per year, equivalent to an average house block 4 metres deep. This was all going to landfill and costing the school $2,000.
They agreed that not only was it economically viable, but would also add value to our school and at the same time teach our children sound environmental principles.
The School contracted a professional consultant, Mr Joe Natoli, from Schools for a Sustainable Future, to run a program designed to have the children themselves create and manage a waste minimisation project.
Over a period of eight weeks children in grades 3 and 4:
The potential impact is enormous, as children are going home and encouraging a family approach to waste minimization.
For the future, Chatham School plans to:
Baroondara Council has been very generous in their financial support of this project and Chatham would love to see Council further support schools by collecting their recyclable waste.
I am really proud of what our School has achieved.
I know the students are extremely proud of their efforts and their contribution to greening our School and their environment.
- by Vivien Bortot
Parent at Chatham Primary School
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