Sustainability Project update

By September 1, 2014 Programs, Sustainability

Preshil’s Arlington Campus is part of the AUSSI Vic Resource Smart Schools Program. This aims to reduce waste and increase biodiversity in schools. A grant of $10, 000 was applied for and received last year through Sustainability Victoria.

So far we have spent some of this money on itemised bins in each classroom to reduce our landfill, improve our recycling practices and compost our organic waste. We have also engaged a company called ‘Planet Savers‘ for an audit of our energy (heating and lighting) practices.

The core module is near completion and we are looking into improving the biodiversity at Arlington.

THE PINES
The area known as ‘The Pines’ gives us a unique opportunity to do this.

I have consulted with Pat from PJB a landscape that has created a concept sketch as a vision for the Pines Project, which you can view here, and he has also provided some photographic examples of concepts that may suit the area.

There will be a working bee held on Friday 17 October this year to clear the area of weeds and debris and begin digging and shaping the Pines into an area that can support more indigenous flora and fauna and a wonderful opportunity for the children and community to get involved in the rejuvenation of this much loved bush playground.

We look forward to the involvement of the whole school community in this project.

Sample Work Images

RECAP ON 2013
We are a new Aussi Vic Sustainable School, embarking on the core module. We have engaged an energy auditor to give us a roadmap for reducing our energy usage and cost. We will use the $10,000 grant money to respond to recommendations made. We also hope to use some funding to improve our waste wise practices. Most importantly we want to infuse our curriculum and school culture with a sense of connection and excitement about sustainability at Preshil.

Vision
At Preshil we are committed to taking on the challenge of being responsible for our environment.

We value creative thinkers and want to promote creative solutions to living sustainably.

We live within our means by reducing our human footprint by reducing, repairing, reusing, recycling and refusing.

We understanding the interconnectivity of living things and ensure that we are actively engaging with our environment.

We think mindfully about how we interact with the environment.

We understand that as an individual we can make a difference to wider community.

Declaration of Commitment
As part of Preshil, Arlington and Blakhall Kalimna Campuses environmental commitment we will endeavour to practice and promote energy efficiency, reduction of water usage, increase biodiversity in the school gardens and encourage the wider school community practice in sustainability.

We checked the light, heaters, photocopiers etc in an energy audit with Mark from a company called ‘Planet Savers’ here are some photos.

Kitchen Garden Project
Below you can see Hugo cooking “hothouse eggs” from Roald Dahls revolting recipes. Cilla and Matthew are de-seeing tomatoes onto kitchen paper to plant in the greenhouse. Acorn and Louis are re-stocking seedling trays. Snails were re-housed, oregano and basil are sprouting, whilst the hot-house eggs are cooking! YUM!