Bournda Environmental Education Centre runs Waste Education Program for CBRJO (Canberra Region Joint Organisation) and schools across all the member councils are invited to participate in waste education programs aimed at reducing the amount of waste schools and their communities send to landfill. Check out some of the schools that have been working on waste education programs with BEEC and CBRJO and more information on the programs here.
EnviroMentors® is the country’s leading mobile incursion-based environmental education program, reaching every corner of NSW with sustainability workshops. EnviroMentors modules provide a range of education services to improve community awareness and engagement on local sustainability issues and initiatives. Modules are tailored for Early Stage 1-3 (Stage 1: Years 1 & 2; Stage 2: Years 3 & 4; Stage 3: Years 5 & 6) with age-appropriate activities.
EnviroMentors® is well received in the Council area. The program is aligned with the Australian National Curriculum and supports six different curriculum areas. Where possible, workshops incorporate the use of various technologies, making them a valuable experience for teachers and students on many different levels.
Waste-Free School Programs
Why do we want to participate in waste-free initiatives?
Adopting waste-free initiatives helps your school with litter prevention and minimising waste sent to landfill through the operational practices of ‘avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle’. It's a fact that 80% of the plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans has come from land, much of which is a result of litter and mis-managed waste. Reducing our consumption of single-use disposable plastic is therefore a vital part of conserving our resources and protecting our environment.
Bottle for Botol is a social enterprise that works with Australian and Indonesian schools to help prevent plastic waste entering our water streams, rivers and oceans. Their program aims to educate students on the importance of protecting our environment by leading a generational change away from single-use plastics. For every stainless-steel water bottle sold by their Australian partner schools, Bottle for Botol donate an identical re-usable bottle to a student in Indonesia, paired with a water station. Every bottle sold puts students through an educational program about the impacts of plastic on the environment. Curriculum/lesson plans available here.
Again, the challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. "Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging ... basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws). If you can’t commit to a month, why not try a week or a day? Register as a school or an individual here.
Nude Food Day is a worldwide initiative developed to encourage kids and parents to eat well and live well, and eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into schools. Essentially, kids bring their food – nude! This will reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into the bins, to landfill, or escapes the waste stream entirely and ends up as litter. This is an amazingly simple concept that really empowers the students to create change. Nude Food Day
used to be held on a specific day, however as of 2016, it will run for the entire month of October. Curriculum/lesson plans available here.
Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level. Dedicated schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers get together to make reuseable ‘Boomerang Bags’ using recycled materials as a means to replace plastic bags. Through Boomerang Bags we start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use. Your school may wish to help sew bags, cut fabric, craft timber display boxes or host a sewing bee. Boomerang Bags has set up a community group in Jindabyne - to find out more click here.
PPS is a travelling social enterprise that provides highly engaging presentations, events and activities about the impact of plastic pollution on our environment. It is their aim to educate students about the problem and its causes and guide them in being part of the solution through their educational program and ongoing projects that focus on litter and single-use, plastic reduction. Specific activities include school presentations, guided clean ups, Family Trivia Nights and film screenings. School Program Information available here.
The kitchen garden program is based on pleasurable food education and teaches Australian children positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning. Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their classmates and helpers. Curriculum/lesson plans available here.
These programs and initiatives can complement and link to the following strands and domains of the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability, Human Behaviour & the Environment, Ethical Understanding, Critical & Creative Thinking, Design & Technologies, and Geography.