Coolbinia Primary School is an independent public school, surrounded by bushland, and located in a leafy suburb about ten kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia (WA). The school caters for 350 students and is engaged in many wider community partnerships. One such partnership is with the Australian Sustainable School Initiative, known as AuSSI (http://det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/sustainableschools/detcms/portal/). The school is an active member of AuSSI-WA.
Coolbinia School has a comprehensive sustainability program, reflecting whole systems thinking. Annual evaluations of the whole school sustainability program are conducted. At the end of each school year, the community is involved in assessing the school’s ‘eco footprint’, ‘social handprint’ and other important elements of sustainability. Strengths and weaknesses are determined, so that a ‘Sustainability Action Plan’ can be developed for the following year. Check out: Sustainability developments in 2011. One of the sustainability priorities for 2011 related to enhancing curriculum integration, and a new initiative, called the 10 Tonne Plan, aimed to contribute to developments in this priority.
10 Tonne Plan
Coolbinia Primary is the 10 Tonne Plan pilot school, working in partnership with Maia Maia. The school’s 10 Tonne Plan is the mechanism that enables whole systems thinking to be enacted. Rather than engaging in a range of silos projects on waste, water, etc, the school has attempted to link these together, wholistically, through the 10 Tonne Plan.
The aim of the 10 Tonne Plan is to reduce emissions of GreenHouse Gases (GHG) to the atmosphere by 10 tonnes, through our actions at school and in our local community. Actions include using solar energy, tree planting, recycling, worm farming, composting and walking/riding to school. The recent Year 7 Fete also provided an opportunity to contribute to our 10 Tonne Plan. All students received boya notes they could trade at the fete.
Solar Sister is another important partner in our 10 Tonne Plan. The money raised from recycling aluminium cans and mobile phones is being utilised, through the Solar Sister organisation, to purchase solar lanterns to replace polluting kerosene lanterns (www.solarsister.org). By this means we are demonstrating global citizenship and one way that the atmosphere connects us all. To see an infogram showing how this works click HERE.
10 Tonne Plan Launch
The official launch of the 10 Tonne Plan will be held at the school on Friday 18 November 2011. Prof Ray Wills, representing the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia Energising Kids Initiative (www.seaaus.com.au), and Sam Nelson, parent at the school and Director of Maia Maia, will officiate on this momentous occasion.
As the 10 Tonne Plan has been in operation throughout 2011, the official launch will provide an opportunity to reveal progress achieved to date. How many tonnes have been reduced so far? How many aluminium cans can be removed from our Upside Down Thermometer? How many boyas have been distributed in recognition of this achievement? To find out what happens, check the Coolbinia Primary School website.
Coolbinia Primary School would like to thank our partners and sponsors involved in the 10 Tonne Plan initiative: Maia Maia, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, Waste Authority, Waste Wise Schools and Solar Sister. Our partners and sponsors have enabled this initiative to proceed and we are extremely grateful to work together with others, in stewardship of our planet.
Finally, given progress achieved to date, it is anticipated the 10 tonne goal will soon be reached, so the school will set a new target … will it be the 50 Tonne Plan or the 100 Tonne Plan? Watch this space!
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