Teachers and students in Gippsland have saved their schools about $1.7 million over the past decade as a result of adopting sustainable practices.
The schools that have joined the ResourceSmart program saved $1.5 million alone in electricity costs while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 9000 tonnes over the 10 years.
They’ve also reduced water consumption by about 17,000 kilolitres cutting around $54,000 from their water bills.
Co-ordinator of Gippsland’s ResourceSmart schools Alison Taylor said the program, delivered in Gippsland by the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group, said a focus on purposeful sustainable practices made learning practical, rewarding and fun.
As well as the savings on electricity and water use the participating Gippsland schools have also cut waste disposal costs by almost $100,000 in the past 10 years and have planted some 25,000 trees.
Ms Taylor said six one-day training courses were being offered to the region’s primary and secondary teachers at no cost.
We want teachers to be inspired by ideas that can be easily embedded into the curriculum and the schools’ lifestyle and culture, she said.
Trained facilitators are also available to partner with schools.
Ms Taylor said Resource Smart schools were driven by teachers wanting interesting, real-life experiences and outcomes for their students.
Many schools, teachers and students are now leading the way in maximising resources and minimising waste, she said.
Further information about the program and how to register for training are available at www.gwrrg.vic.gov.au or by contacting Ms Taylor at 5633 2744.
Celebrating Aged Care day at Abbey Gardens Aged Care are, back row from left Abbey Gardens residential care manager Kirstin Fox, student Linnie Walmeyer, Abbey Gardens staff member Sheryl Ballis, front row Abbey Gardens resident Lynne Ward, Abbey Gardens staff member Anne Maree Thurseht and Abbey Gardens resident Trisha Neagle.