Eltham North is a trial school for 'Carbon Sink' Trading program (commenced 2008). More information about the Carbon Sink program and an explanation of 'terms'
Energy Hints for home (link?)
Walkthrough Audit details (link?)
Three significant outcomes the school has achieved towards being Energy Smart?
Now – Learning about Energy
– Learning occurs in various forums: Participation in Environmental Leader’s program beginning with leadership training program, prepares our leaders for regular meetings, classroom responsibilities, communication, presentations and providing positive role models for their peers. The theme of the whole school World Environment Day was ‘Reducing CO2’. The mixed age groups rotated through a range of multi- dimensional activities (including ones that enhanced understandings about Energy). Our involvement in the Carbon Sinks project entails student, parents and staff learning, as well as promoting carbon-reducing practices in the wider community through our Website, newspapers and newsletter articles. Classroom units of work develop understandings are part of a two year rotation. Visual evidence is apparent in posters, murals, discussions and actions throughout the school.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
Ongoing audits, regular review of energy usage (SETs), maintaining classroom Energy Shutdown practices, a ‘Planting for the Future’ project (funded by Nillumbik Council), increasing Green Power percentage are actions undertaken to reduce ENPS’s carbon footprint.
Our initiatives include: signage, increased promotion by Environmental Leaders (newspaper articles, website, newsletter), participation in Weed Warriors program, Adopt a Plant, energy audit (Planet Savers) monitoring of energy using SETs interactive website.
What are the challenges we’ve implemented to achieve these significant Energy Smart outcomes ?
As our school population has risen we have had to address a number of challenges: providing extra facilities, increased demand (computer usage, interactive whiteboards, extra classrooms, installation of air conditioning). Our auditing processes reveal that our usage has remained constant. This indicates that our shutdown practices and Energy Saving Devices have compensated for increased demand. Our challenge now is to explore opportunities to continue further reduction of energy throughout the school. Our involvement in the Carbon Sinks project is providing us with goals and opportunities to achieve this. An application for a Solar grant, another energy audit, involvement in carbon sinking projects like: Local land care (carbon sequestration) all have the aim of reducing energy usage and our carbon footprint.
Promotion of the ‘Walking School Bus’ and ‘Walk on Wednesday’ programs are simple initiatives that our students and parents are being encouraged to support.
Unreliable power supply and energy sapping appliances were identified. The facilities team (School Council) has overseen an upgrade of power provision, installation of skylights (to enhance natural lighting). Energy efficiency has been considered in our building projects, including window placement and appropriate insulation, and in the upgrading of refrigeration and hot water systems.