Harrington Park Public School first registered Eco-School for Australia hosts launch
Monday 19 May 2014
Contact Stacey Passey
Phone 02 8626 9396
What: Eco-Schools Australia launch
When: Wednesday 21 May 2014
Media call time: 11.30 am
Location: Harrington Park Public School, school hall. 2 Sir Warwick Fairfax Drive, Harrington Park NSW 2567
Keep Australia Beautiful is thrilled to be rolling out the Eco-Schools pilot programme this month, with the launch taking place alongside Australia’s first registered participant, Harrington Park Public School, and special guest from Eco-Schools South Africa, Malcolm Powell on Wednesday 21 May 2014.
Principal and host to the launch, Andrew Best from Harrington Park Public School NSW is proud to be the first official registered school for the programme. He said “I am really excited that Keep Australia Beautiful will be providing access to Eco-Schools.”
Eco-Schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning. Australia is the 55th country to launch.
“The new Australian Curriculum has Sustainability as one of its three overarching cross-curriculum priorities. Eco-Schools membership will greatly assist schools in delivering a 21st century curriculum, and provide students with authentic learning experiences,” Mr Best went on to say.
Russell Matheson MP, the Federal Member for Macarthur said “It’s great to see Harrington Park Public School taking part in such a fantastic initiative. It will allow the students and teachers to develop and implement environmental management projects that will not only benefit the school but the wider community as well.”
For the first year of operation, Eco-Schools Australia will be piloted in New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association said “20 years after the programme launched in Denmark, Australia joins a network of 40,000 Eco-Schools around the world.”
“The Eco-Schools programme is designed to inspire tomorrow’s adults to be environmentally responsible citizens,” Mr McLean said.
Stan Moore, CEO of principal sponsor Australian Packaging Covenant said “The Australian Packaging Covenant is proud to partner with Keep Australia Beautiful to spread awareness and facilitate behaviour change in relation to packaging litter and recycling. The Eco-schools program will have important long term benefits for our children and their environment.”
Schools looking for more information can head to the Eco-Schools Australia website at eco-schools.org.au or contact Keep Australia Beautiful National Association.
Media comment: Peter McLean,CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association 0416 227 158
Macarthur area Eco-Schools: Maruschka Loupis, Media Officer, Communication & Engagement 02 9561 1013
Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging children and youth to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment. It employs a holistic, participatory approach, combining learning and action, thus providing an effective method for improving the environments of schools and producing actual awareness raising and behavioural change in young people, school staff, families, and communities.
The Eco-Schools programme is recognised by UNEP as being among its preferred global models for environmental education, management, sustainability, and certification at an international level. It is a programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and operating in 55 countries around the world, involving over 14 million students.
Keep Australia Beautiful is Australia’s leading grassroots environment organisation, with more than 45 years’ experience in changing behaviours and attitudes concerning litter and recycling. We do so through community engagement, partnerships, education and ensuring that the community also takes its share of the responsibility for improvement.
Keep Australia Beautiful is Australia’s largest face to face schools environmental education service provider teaching more than 70,000 students each year. KABNA is an associate member of FEE, which makes us eligible to be the national operator for Eco-Schools and other FEE programmes. KABNA has been delivering environmental education in schools for over 2 decades, this includes face to face workshops, tailored year round activities and excursions. This impact is leaving a strong legacy of more environmentally aware and responsible young adults.
About Malcolm Powell
Malcolm was born and bred in South Africa. He is an educationist by profession, and a conservationist by passion. Malcolm taught in high schools and in teacher training colleges before becoming Director of Environmental Education for Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). He became CEO of WESSA in 1994, and semi-retired in 2006.
Maclom has been married for 44 years, has two sons, one of whom lives in Brisbane and who has two children of his own. He is a passionate flyer, having built his own plane, and enjoys spending every available minute out enjoying the great African bush.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.
It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.
The Danks Trust provides grants to charitable organisations or projects that fit the categories of religion, education and/or the relief of poverty.
As a multinational company, The Wrigley Company has a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership around the globe. They apply sound environmental practices throughout their business activities, with environmental consideration being an integral part of daily business.