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We're proud to support the ResourceSmart Vic sustainability framework. ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic aims to provide practical support to schools and their communities to learn to live and work more sustainably. The framework aims to help Victorian schools minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity, and cut their greenhouse gas emissions. You can find out more about ResourceSmart by contacting the Environment Office on 9581 4983.
Waste, Litter, Worms and Composting
Is litter a problem in your school? Does your school produce more waste then you think it should? Does your school recycle? Would you like to start a worm farm? These are all common issues within schools and Council’s Waste Education Officer has many years of experience helping schools to develop waste reduction and education programs that deliver fast results that last. They can also help you to establish a worm farm or compost system and provide you with the skills to maintain the system. To contact the Waste Education Officer and discuss your schools needs or organise an incursion, please email email@example.com
Energy Education and Reduction Program
Electricity use in schools is a major budget item. The good news is that a behaviour change programs can have a massive impact on how much electricity your school uses. The Environment Officer can recommend a program to help your school save money.
Water Conservation Program
South East Water's provides a range of free water based activities and resources for teachers and students. To find out more visit their website.
Council is a proud supporter of the 'i sea, i care' Marine Ambassadors Program. This provides an opportunity for schools to participate in this awareness raising and leadership program for young students. The health of Port Phillip Bay is directly impacted by what the residents of Kingston do everyday and this program creates future marine ambassdors spreading the word about how our community can help care for the health of our creeks and the bay.
Big Green Schools Conference
The Big Green Schools environment collective launched in March 2012, when 130 students and teachers from twenty schools attended the first Big Green Schools Conference at Carrum Primary School.
Since then, hundreds of students and teachers have explored, shared and developed Big Green Ideas for their school and local community at the annual Big Green Schools Conference.
The Big Green Schools Conference is coordinated by a coalition of schools (Carrum Primary School, St Louis De Montfort's Primary School and Aspendale Gardens Primary School) with support from the City of Kingston.
To find out more visit http://biggreenschools.org/
Teacher Environment Network meetings
Held each term the Teacher Environment Network meetings are an opportunity for teachers who are passionate about teaching sustainability topics to come together and share ideas, discuss environmental issues in their school and be inspired. Held at different locations each term, the meetings have helped many teachers to feel supported by like minded colleagues.
A Professional Development (PD) Session, with guest speaker Kirsty Costa, specifically designed for teachers, to be held 12.30pm-3pm on a day in the week beginning 20 May (venue and day to be confirmed). To express interest in preferred topics, days, and half day CRT cover by Council for you to attend this PD session, please contact the Environment Office.
Alternatively, look for the details in the next OurPlace e-newsletter for schools. If you don’t receive this newsletter subscribe here Environmental Education Newsletter for the latest news and updates.
Range of sustainability learning activities, curriculum materials, education resources and professional development opportunities. To find out more, visit www.coolaustralia.org
Victorian Government initiative which helps schools to take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To find out more, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/School
Environmental Education Victoria
An independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that promotes the development of environmental education and sustainable behaviour change and offers professional support to practitioners in the field. To find out more, visit www.eev.vic.edu.au
Kids Teaching Kids
Raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues through supporting students to present a workshop to the broader community. To find out more, visit www.kidsteachingkids.com.au
CERES Sustainability Hub
A place to connect, share and learn. Get resources, hear about other school projects and connect with other schools, organisations and educator groups. To find out more, visit sustainability.ceres.org.au
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Sustainable gardening and healthy food habits program. To find out more, visit www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au
Story of Stuff
A range of educational videos which looks at the life cycles of the things we buy. To find out more, visit storyofstuff.org/movies
A fun online game where you manage an entire catchment and aim to provide food and wealth for the population whilst avoiding environmental problems. To find out more, visit Catchment Detox
Ollie Recycles Australia
Online waste education games, teacher resources and activities. To find out more, visit www.olliesworld.com/aus/index.html