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Tatura Primary School finalist for state sustainability awards

28 September 2017

Tatura Primary School has been shortlisted for the Student Action Team of the Year Primary award. The prestigious award, part of the ResourceSmart Schools Awards, recognises the school’s passion and commitment to creating a sustainable school and community at Tatura with student leadership at the forefront.

The Tatura Primary School’s student action team, the ‘Enviro Kids’, are a group of likeminded students from different year levels that undertake sustainability actions at the school and report back to the whole school at assembly and through articles in the school newsletter.

The ResourceSmart Schools program inspires students and their schools to take action on sustainability and climate change, while providing new learning opportunities. At Tatura Primary School they have focused on reducing their energy and water use and reducing their waste to landfill.

Since commencing the program, the school has diverted 20m3 of waste from landfill, saved 235,000L of water and $1.384. A great achievement for the school and the environment.

ResourceSmart Facilitator, Alice Russell, said that “Tatura Primary School is an excellent example of a school that is self driven to significantly reduce its environmental impact. Their ‘Enviro Kids’ are hands on; undertaking audits, reminding other students about their behaviours and working with staff to embed lasting change. The whole school is committed to changing behaviours and teaching materials to focus on becoming a 5 Star Sustainable School”.

The school also received the Hume Region Waste School of the Year award earlier in the year; for working independently on reducing their waste through better management of all waste streams. The school is moving towards a nude food school by the end of 2018, whereby no student lunches will contain rubbish.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said that “To be named a finalist or winner in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2017, is a tribute to the hard work of the school communities across Victoria.” The Tatura Primary School Enviro Kids have put in the hard work and are worthy recipients of this accolade.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the IMAX Melbourne Museum on 16 October.

For more information contact Alice Russell (p) 5832 4868 or (e) resourcesmart@gvwater.vic.gov.au