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green team_jpgSt Columba’s whole-school approach to sustainability is guided by our vision:

“Our vision at St Columba’s is a school community that respects and cares for the environment. We are responsible for our actions – both at school and in the wider community – and live in a way that has positive impact on the planet. We use our resources wisely, being mindful of the need to have enough for future generations forever.”

Environmental /sustainability education is a key focus of the school, with the delivery of specialist subjects, incursions, excursions, camps and whole school events.

The school supports an active sustainability coordination through the Year 3/4 Eco Warriors and the Green Team – consisting of parents and staff working in partnership with the Port Phillip EcoCentre and CERES.

St Columba’s has made a number of achievements to date in the areas of energy, waste, biodiversity and water. Since 2014, St Columba’s has:

  • reduced waste to landfill by 50% – through leadership, new recycling bins and a Closed Loop composter
  • achieved Mains water use below Victorian schools’ benchmark – via rain-flushed toilets
  • reduced our electricity by 37% – through leadership and retrofits including LEDs
  • saved 52,676 Tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of flying from Melbourne to Sydney 1,460 times
  • saved 44,013 kWh of electricity – equal to 86 fridges running for a year.

Additional eco improvements have been delivered across workplace and daily operations, learning and teaching and whole school community engagement.

In recognition of our energy and waste improvements, St Columba’s has been awarded 3 stars to date by the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools initiative.

In September 2016, St Columba’s also took home the award for ‘Green School of the Year’ – the top prize at the 11th Annual EcoCentre Sustainable Schools Festival. The Award recognises a school for extraordinary, whole-school progress and community leadership for sustainability.

We ask all of our parents to please support the school’s efforts to be environmentally aware by actively working to reducing the rubbish on our playground.

To do this, we request that you:

  1. practice “nude food” and use reusable (clearly named) containers
  2. refrain from ordering sauce sachets and juice bottles with lunch orders – sauce bottles are provided in the classroom and children are encouraged to bring a drink bottle filled with water each day
  3. consider becoming a parent rep on the school’s Green Team.

To read more about our green work, please visit the Green Team News blog.

Here are a few snaps of our wonderful greenies in action…