Sus­tain­able sav­ings

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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