People in the community

Schools and community organisations are local leaders in sustainability education and climate action. Learn how they are making a difference today.

Kids studying-vectorSchools are vital in educating our community about sustainability and climate change, and schools themselves present opportunities for climate change solutions.

Council is a participating partner in the Solar My School program and is supporting two schools on their solar energy journey. This initiative supports local energy generation and reduces emissions for the community, as well as delivering savings for schools and learning opportunities for students.

Students can help reduce our communities' emissions, reduce traffic congestion, and improve their health and well-being by walking or cycling to school. Council has supported the Cycling to School program which focuses on improving children's confidence in cycling skills and road safety awareness.

If your school is unsure what sustainability projects to implement Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools is a great resource for teachers and students alike.

If your school is already on the sustainability path, consider joining Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P), an arts-based competition that encourages school students to get creative and engage with environmental and sustainability issues.

In 2023, Jasper in Year 8 at Caringbah High School was awarded a sustainable prize pack from Council for his Speaking 4 the Planet entry:

Walled garden. Everything is great! Green! You have food! Until the walls come down. You see what is truly happening. Grey Rainbow. Lifeless looks. A wasteland. Perhaps we are living walled up.

Youth Climate Forum 2023

Concerns raised during our Youth Climate Forum 2023

Community caring for the environmentThere are a variety of sustainability-minded community organisations active in our area.

The Reconnect Project promotes a circular economy in NSW, refurbishing used electronic devices and providing them to people in need, helping to divert e-waste from landfill.

The Wheel is Sutherland’s Library of things currently located in Miranda. Members can reduce consumption and save money and space by borrowing instead of buying.

Electrify Bundeena is promoting the community transition from fossil-fuels to clean energy in homes and transport.

SOShire is a community driven network of individuals, businesses and organisations all working together for a sustainable Sutherland Shire.

Check the below grant programs to see if your school or community organisation is eligible,

May:

Sat, 18th May: Special Screening of Climate Changers - Tim Flannery's search for climate leadership | Time: 2-4 pm | Free Admission - Reserve your ticket HERE