- Aiming to become a 5-star accredited sustainable school
- It's the last month to recycle your oral care products at St Columba's
- Boomerang Bags Ballarat
For many years St Columba’s School’s environmental leaders and student representatives have been working hard to improve the sustainability of our school. Award-winning Victorian Government program Resource Smart Schools has assisted us to embed sustainability into all areas of the curriculum, encouraging real-life sustainability learning and in doing so, helping our school save money. Since 2013 St Columba’s School has saved over $150,000 by improving the way we manage our energy, water and waste!
Our ultimate goal is to become a five-star sustainable school. To do so we must complete over 200 actions over five modules including Core, Waste, Energy, Water, and Biodiversity.
St Columba’s has so far completed our Core and Waste modules giving us two out of a possible five stars. This year our environmental representatives have been working towards achieving our third star with our soon to be completed Biodiversity module. To complete this module, we need your feedback. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short online survey about biodiversity at our school.
It’s the last month to recycle your oral care products at St Columba’s!
Our school is competing in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge. By recycling oral care waste, we’re in the running to win a recycled community garden set! Put your used (clean) oral care products in the collection box at the office, any brand is accepted. At the end of October the contents of the box will be sent to TerraCycle and Colgate for recycling.
During the competition period, schools will earn Garden Points by sending oral care waste to TerraCycle for recycling, and by earning online votes from the community.
1 unit of oral care waste = 10 Garden Points
1 online vote = 1 Garden Point
Vote for our school! You can vote once per day! https://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU/contests/colgategardenvoting
Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make reusable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. The bags are given away to friends, family, colleagues, bagless strangers and so on, as a plastic bag alternative that can be used and reused, or passed on to others in need. The bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality.
Environmental reps were given the opportunity to take home fabric packs to make and return some Boomerang Bags. If you would like a take home pack, contact Erica firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicky email@example.com
To get involved, find out about upcoming sewing bees or donate fabric, join the Boomerang Bags Ballarat Facebook page or speak to Erica or Nicky.
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