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A Year of Action for #Enviroweek 2018

From Patricia Alborough, Science Teacher

As this week is #Enviroweek it is important that we acknowledge the progress Waverley College has made in 2018 towards creating a more sustainable environment at school.

Multiple initiatives have been implemented across the school to promote student ecological and sustainable awareness, and provide opportunities to improve our ecological footprint.

Sustainability at Waverley College 2018

  • Successfully installed 100kWs of solar panels
  • Installed multiple water stations to encourage reusing bottles
  • Reusable water bottles in the Year 7 and 8 stationary pack for 2019
  • Installed recycling bins around the school
  • Replaced lights with LED lights to conserve energy
  • Started garden pods and compost worms in the TAS area and Junior School
  • Fundraised for Solar Buddy’s – small portable solar lights
  • O’Connor House built 50 Solar Buddy devices and sent them to school communities in PNG that are living in energy poverty.
  • Implemented a whole-school Earth Hour
  • Brought in BYO container in food technology classes
  • Added Clean Up Australia at Bronte Gully and Bondi to the social justice program
  • ‘The Great Book Swap’ at the Junior School promoting the reuse of reading books and fundraising for Indigenous Literacy Foundation
  • Stopped providing bottled water at staff development days and various school events to encourage staff to bring their own sustainable water bottle.
  • Year 7-10 all created an advocacy project related to sustainability

5 things to try at home to improve your ecological impact

  • Use reusable bags
  • Bring your own sustainable water bottle
  • Reduce food waste
  • Turn off electrical appliances as you leave the room
  • Choose active or public transport over cars