Welcome to the School Environment Education Directory North East Victoria
Dates are now confirmed for the Student Environment Days for 2015.
Click on the link above and book early so you don't miss out.
Yackandandah is the next venue for 2015.
Energy workshop for ResourceSmart Schools - Feb 4, 2015
We are excited to announce that SV, DEECD, Planet Savers and energy efficiency expert Greg Ellis will deliver an Energy workshop for the 400 ResourceSmart Schools that received a DEECD energy efficiency grant. The FREE workshop will help ResourceSmart Schools to improve their energy efficiency, complete the ResourceSmart Energy module using the checklists, tools and ResourceSmart online and engage students through teaching and learning.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/energy-workshop-for-resourcesmart-schools-tickets-14889612231
Session 1 – For Principals, Business Managers, teachers and service providers
11.30am – 12pm Lunch/networking
12pm – 12.10pm SV/DEECD introduction
12.10pm – 2pm Energy efficiency information, advice and DEECD requirements
2pm – 2.40pm Student lead school tour of energy efficiency and sustainability projects (afternoon tea at kitchen garden)
Session 2 – For teachers and service providers
2.40pm – 3.40pm ResourceSmart energy module tools and resources
3.40pm – 5.30pm Improving energy efficiency through teaching and learning (Planet Savers)
5.30pm Workshop close.
Landcare Project Opportunities for Wangaratta schools
The river flats and billabongs north of Park Lane Nursery and Borinya School have recently been granted a $20,000 Landcare Grant to restore and conserve the native flora and fauna of the area. Project partners include the Wangaratta Sustainability Network, Wangaratta Urban Landcare, Galen College, Park Lane Nursery and NECMA.
One exciting aspect of the project may be the extension of the Wangaratta Walking/Bike Track system through the area.
Gayle South has been appointed Project Coordinator and with the Project Management Team, she is developing the plan to involve school and community groups to be involved.
The Management team are now ready to support classes in working on different aspects of the conservation/restoration work, planning for future recreational use, documenting the process, supporting the native fauna through nesting box programs, carp trap programs, water testing, mapping, artistic impressions of the riverine environment, engineering pontoon bridges to name a few.
Classes can be given plots within the project boundaries to be responsible for or can be part of a team on particular mini projects.
If you would like your school to be involved, please contact Gayle South or Ian Minns, Sustainability Coordinator at Galen College, for the next Information Session date and time
Email Gayle: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ian: email@example.com
Pilot Program to Monitor School Electricity Use
|The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) now offers eligible schools with the opportunity to participate in a pilot program to monitor school electricity use. The electricity data is presented on the SWEP website in a similar manner to the existing water data and can be accessed through the same login. Complementing this information, a dedicated curriculum resource is being developed and is expected to be available in 2015. Contact SWEP consultant Andrew Hinchliffe firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Recycling Printer Cartridges
|How do you recycle printer cartridges locally? What happens to the recycled materials?
|Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste.If you have enough cartridges, you can organize a collection bag for your school through Planet Ark – when it is full, it is sent for recycling, to ‘Close the Loop’ as a free service through Australia Post.
Planet Ark’s website: http://cartridges.planetark.org/involvement/ shows what happens to the cartridges when recycled – and this website has a great downloadable pdf on the recycling process - what bits can be recycled and how. This website also allows you to find local places where you can take your printer cartridges to recycle. For example, Dick Smiths in Wangaratta are a collection point – with one of the Planet Ark boxes - and are happy for any printer cartridges to be dropped off there.Most local retailers will collect your old cartridge when you buy a new one.
The SEED website:
The SEED website has been developed to allow teachers, students and environment staff to easily access a fantastic range of sustainability education resources. This information is presented in the topics of biodiversity, climate change, general sustainability, waste and water.
Our website is continually evolving so we encourage you to add this website to your favourites and visit us often. Your feedback helps ensure we are evolving in the right direction so please send through your comments.
SEED thanks the North East Catchment Management Authority for hosting the SEED website from its inception until the end of 2011.