Schools 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.