- Energy Efficiency Program grants $10,000 to St Thomas and Nambrok Denison primary schools and Gippsland Grammar
- Schools to minimise waste, save energy and reduce environmental footprint
- More than 1,200 schools taking part in ResourceSmart program
Students at St Thomas Primary School in Sale are set to become Energy Captains with a $10,000 grant to assist in an audit of the school’s energy consumption.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan announced St Thomas Primary School was among three local schools and more than 200 state-wide to receive funds in the latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s 2014 Energy Efficiency Program.
Gippsland Grammar and Nambrok Denison Primary School were also successful applicants for this round of funding, receiving $10,000 each.
“This program gives schools the opportunity to minimise waste, save energy and water and reduce their environmental footprint,” Mr Ryan said.
“Students and teachers at St Thomas have already been implementing measures to make their school environment more sustainable, including the building, planting and maintaining of a vegetable garden.
“They have also built a chicken coop and are responsible for taking care of the chickens, feeding them food scraps and collecting their eggs.”
Mr Ryan said the funding would allow students and teachers to undertake additional energy saving initiatives.
“They will start measuring energy consumption giving them a clearer picture of the school’s overall environmental footprint and strategies on how to reduce it,” Mr Ryan said.
“It is a way of teaching students about sustainability in a practical way.”
St Thomas Primary School principal Jason Slattery said the grant would build upon the sustainability measures already implemented at the school.
“The grant will allow us to purchase energy measuring devices that will allow the students to act as Energy Captains,” Mr Slattery said.
“The students will be able to predict and then see how much energy we are using at the school.
“The students will then be able to conduct an energy audit on the school and develop ways to cut back on our energy use.
“The funding will also be used to replace our old lighting with new energy efficient light bulbs.”
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said educating children about sustainable practices helped them develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to a more sustainable Victoria.
“The Coalition Government is committed to encouraging Gippsland schools to do their bit to create a more sustainable, cleaner and safer Victoria,” Mr O’Brien said.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said there are now more than 1,200 schools participating in the ResourceSmart program.
“Victorian schools participating in the program are cutting their costs by a total of $1.3 million each year,” Mr Smith said.
For more information about the Resource Smart Victorian Schools visit: www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au
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