Bigger, better Sustainable Schools NSW online hub now open for business

The Sustainable Schools NSW online hub has returned from the summer holidays with a vibrant new look and fresh teaching materials on everything from energy and waste, to food gardens, transport and biodiversity, Environment Minister Robyn Parker said today.

School students at First Farm participate in gardening session

Ms Parker launched the revamped Sustainable Schools online hub at Mortlake Public School where she was joined by the member for Drummoyne John Sidoti and teachers and pupils from the school.

“We’ve updated the hub based on feedback from teachers, so it’s now easier and faster to use,” Ms Parker said.

“As well as classroom tools on a wealth of sustainable topics, you will be able to find advice on how to develop an environmental plan and access the latest funding opportunities.

“These opportunities include Environmental Trust funding for projects like the Food Gardens in Schools Program and the Eco Schools Program.

“The Eco Schools Program provides grants to schools to give them the opportunity to involve their students and community in developing and implementing environmental management projects.

“While the Food Gardens in Schools Program provides opportunities for students, teachers and other members of the community to learn more about healthy sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens.

“The NSW Government is committed to enhancing people’s access to useful environmental information and education so they can make informed choices about their environment – and the revamped Sustainable Schools hub does just that.”

Mr Sidoti said the Sustainable Schools online hub enables teachers to connect with teachers in their area, making it easier to share skills, ideas and resources on local environmental projects.

“The hub makes it easier to develop a whole school approach to sustainability,” Mr Sidoti said.

 “The lessons being taught in the classroom pave the way for outdoor projects such as food gardens and children are encouraged to take their learning and ideas into the wider community.

“The hub can support teachers with ideas and resources for active participation and volunteering in local environmental projects and to help communities to conserve native animals and plants, threatened species and biodiversity.”

With the official launch of the hub comes the chance to win an annual NSW National Parks and Reserves pass and a visit from one of our rangers.

Simply visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sustainableschools and then email your favourite education resource to sustainable.schools@environment.nsw.gov.au to enter.

Further information on the Trust’s programs visit www.environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au