Students and teachers have worked hard in SA’s 602 State schools to slash water use from 5.06m kilolitres in 2000-01 to 3.8m kilolitres in 2005-06 – a 25% reduction, which is the equivalent of 1200 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water. Are other states working on similar projects?
SA’s Strategic Plan requires that from 2008 all education sites reduce water use by 10% and energy use by 25%. Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says:
“Many schools have demonstrated the targets are achievable, with some reducing water consumption by 40% or more, including:
- The Pines Primary School (40% reduction) purchases stormwater, stored in an underground aquifer, from Salisbury Council. Over the next five years, 30 more schools will be connected.
- Gawler High School (63% reduction) replaced its manual irrigation system with an automated system and installed five 50,000 litre tanks to capture and reuse stormwater runoff.
Almost half of schools already have met their water targets and a number of schools have met their energy targets. We will work with all schools to help them to achieve their targets…
Reducing water and energy use not only helps the environment, it also frees up extra funds for reinvestment into children’s education.”
I hear locally that the Warrandyte Primary School community’s great efforts in implementing environmental and recycling initiatives have recently been recognised and the school declared a silver-level Waste Wise school.
Teachers and students have organised many projects to minimise rubbish. Each classroom uses recycle boxes for paper waste and students write on scrap paper so they no longer need to unnecessarily use new writing pads. Food scraps from lunch are collected and placed in either a compost bin or the newly installed worm farm and toilets are flushed using tank water.
Please drop us an email, with some links, if your school community is engaged in a forward looking sustainability program somewhere in Oz…and share the ideas?