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


Workshop Agenda
Session 1 – For Principals, Business Managers, teachers and service providers

11.30am                                    Arrivals

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: donttellmeicant@hotmail.com   or Ian: ian.minns@galen.vic.edu.au  

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 andrew@amhconsulting.com.au to find out more.

Recycling Printer Cartridges

How do you recycle printer cartridges locally?   What happens to the recycled materials?
ImagePrinter 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.

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