The Friends' School

Environmental Management Plan

The plan targets five areas throughout the School.

1. A Curriculum for Sustainability

Continue to develop and maintain a coherent sustainability curriculum for K-12.

The School has a holistic and coordinated approach to environmental leadership, education and management, which can be seen in the many efforts across the School – such as the Morris Garden and Early Years environmental spaces, and in curriculum-based programs such as the Year 10 connection
\s program how shall we live. The School would like to continue to develop and maintain the sustainability aspect of the curriculum from Early Years through to Year 12.

2. Waste

Reduce waste, improve recycling practices and educate the School community about waste management.

The Argyle Street campus uses recycling waste stations, while the whole School recycles white paper, batteries, mobile phones and printer cartridges. The next step to improved waste management practices will evaluate options such as food scrap disposal and limiting packaging of products used within the School.

3. Biodiversity

Improve all Friends’ properties as habitats for native flora and fauna.

Students play an active part in maintaining the School’s native gardens, such as the Landcare garden on the Argyle street campus, and environmental learning spaces at Morris and Friends’ Early Years. The School intends to continue developing native gardens and reducing invasive species.

4. Water

Further reduction of water consumption through increased collection and recycling.

The School has rainwater tanks on the Commercial Road campus, grey water recycling at the Bell Street sports grounds and collection of water in tanks under The Farrall Centre. The goal is to further reduce reliance on mains water through further water collection sites.

5. Energy

Further reduce The Friends’ School carbon footprint

Existing practices to reduce energy consumption include turning off electrical items when not required (including lights), using of solar panels and deactivating the heating system when not required.

The School will continue to improve on these practices and actively promote energy saving techniques and energy saving goals through awareness campaigns. The goal is to increase the energy efficiency of the School and reduce overall power consumption.

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