Working towards a Sustainable Future

The CPS Sustainability Journey in 2019

2019 saw CPS further our commitment to sustainability by joining the ResourceSmart Schools Program administered by Sustainability Victoria.

A Sustainability Subcommittee of school council was formed enabling parents and teachers to work together with the student Green Team to further a number of sustainability initiatives. A School Environmental Management Plan was drafted and several new policies including Green Purchasing and Sustainability were approved by school council.

Some of the highlights for the year were the removal of bins in the school grounds and the implementation of more recycling which saw us reduce waste to landfill at school by 100M3 which is amazing!

We also strongly encouraged nude food and installed green cones that digest food waste were installed at both the junior and senior school campuses. Buckets were put under drinking taps to save water and an energy audit was also done by students. In addition to recycling in the classrooms, batteries, mobile phones, soft plastic, writing instruments and dental products and recycling was made available to the school community at reception.

There was plenty of fun on the way too with students organising the first Enviro walkathon where students completed laps of the local park and raised $1859 for the newly established Sustainability Fund. Orange Day also raised money that was donated to sponsoring orangutans.

CPS participated in Clean Up Australia, Walk to School, Ride to School days and World Environment Day. Wherever possible, sustainability was included in the curriculum including things such as the energy audit into the science curriculum, the transport audit being used as a data project and making beeswax food wraps as an art project.

Staff and students attended the Student Environment Leadership Program at CERES.  Towards the end of the year, we heard the exciting news that CPS had been selected by Boroondara City Council to be part of the Boroondara Schools for Wildlife Project.

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Camberwell Primary School Waste 2019

Camberwell Primary School saved all this waste from going into landfill in 2019 by recycling.

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