St John’s College signed up for Eco-Schools
Thursday 23 October 2014
Eco-Schools Australia was launched by Keep Australia Beautiful in May of this year, and already almost 20 Australian schools have signed up to the international environmental education awards program. St John’s College are one of the early adopters, and will incorporate their eco learning into the curriculum.
Eco-Schools is a 7-Step sustainable school framework and award accreditation program that enables schools to be recognised for their ongoing contributions to sustainability within the school and their local community.
Science Coordinator Ian Judd said “Every school has the capacity to become sustainable. Eco-schools provides the framework, knowledge, skills and motivation to enable schools to strive towards environmental sustainability.”
“It is an internationally proven program that allows the school community to achieve success and celebrate a school’s passion for caring for the environment. Eco-schools is cool in a warming world.”
Existing green programs within the school, and newly developed ones via the school’s Eco-Committee will work towards their awards: Bronze, Silver, and finally the Green Flag, which is an internationally acknowledged symbol for environmental excellence.
Eco-Schools is designed to be a long-term program, helping schools to establish a framework within which to continually progress.
Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association said “Eco-Schools is the vehicle of environmental education to increase our awareness and promote actions to mitigate the many environmental problems that we face, both locally and globally.”
“We welcome St John’s College on board, and look forward to presenting them with their first award.”
Eco-Schools aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning and has been running for 20 years, now in over 55 counties with 45,000 schools participating.
For the first year of operation, Eco-Schools Australia will be piloted in New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. 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.
Principal sponsor for Eco-Schools Australia is the Australian Packaging Covenant. Eco-Schools Australia is also sponsored by the Department of the Environment, The Danks Trust and Wrigley.
Media comment: Peter McLean,CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association 0416 227 158
St John’s Contact: Ian Judd – Science Coordinator
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.
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.
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-government, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE is an international umbrella organisation with one national member organisation per country representing FEE on the national level and in charge of implementing FEE programmes nationally. Eco-Schools is one of their programs. FEE currently has 81 member organisations in 68 countries worldwide. As of October 2013, KABNA became Associate Member of FEE, and the National Operator of FEE programmes for Australia.
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.
For more than eight years, The Wrigley Company Pty Ltd has been a proud long term partner of environmental education agencies across Australia and New Zealand including, Keep Australia Beautiful. With a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and leadership around the globe, Wrigley committed to high standards of quality, efficiency, conservation and safety.