Ss Peter and Paul’s School Sustainability Program

Sustainability is a high priority at our school. In 2008 SS Peter and Paul’s School embarked upon a Sustainability Program.

Such concept was initiated by the Federal and State Governments and is being implemented in schools with the assistance of CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) and Carbonetix, in conjunction with the Manningham City Council.

The Mission is “To establish a Victorian network of energy efficient schools as demonstration centres of green technologies, designs and behaviours, linked to a sustainability curricula, so influencing people in all local communities to live more sustainably”.

The Program encourages schools to become more sustainable by increasing biodiversity and reducing water use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste output.

A major component of the Program is the Schools Environment Tracking System (SETS). This system incorporates the recording of the School’s usage of water, electricity, gas, paper and output of waste and expenditure on such items, together with comparisons of usage/expenditure with other schools. It also provides calculations of net greenhouse gases produced by the school.

When appropriate savings/improvements have been achieved the school will receive a certificate indicating 5 star certification.

The school has a teacher appointed as Sustainability Co-ordinator and six Year 6 students have been appointed Sustainability Captains to lead the Sustainability Committee.

Following a ‘walk thru’ inspection with a CERES officer in July 2010 a number of suggestions were made and are being progressively implemented including such items as:
• Appointment of Sustainability Monitors for each class and preparation of signage for each classroom to remind people to turn off appliances and lights when not required and specifically listing and tagging appropriate appliances for switch off.
• Office staff/teachers to turn off appliances when not in use and at end of day/end of term as appropriate, and use powersave and energy saver options where possible. The co-operation of parents is sought in continuing such practices in the home.

A number of other suggestion were made and are being pursued by the Sustainability Committee.

Improvements have also been made by the school in the waste disposal area including separate paper collection and separate co-mingled recyclables collection. A compost bin and worm farm have been installed for disposal of lunch/kitchen type waste.

In the Biodiversity area the school has planted up to 100 native trees/shrubs in the past two years following completion of the building works. The vegetable garden is being progressively upgraded with vegetable produce being harvested and sold to parents with the proceeds going to the school’s nominated charity.

The school has installed rainwater tanks sufficient to water all lawn and garden areas and for use in toilets and has commissioned a solar energy system to provide hot water in the recent building renovation.

Sustainability Update 2015