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Friday, 10 February 2017

WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY BIG ON ENVIRONMENT

Winters Flat Primary School has claimed two prestigious accolades from the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Local member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today joined the school community at Winters Flat Primary to congratulate the school on winning big, including the highest award in the program – the Premier’s Recognition Award.

The awards acknowledge the school’s achievements through their Students Leading Change WFPS Sustainability Program which aimed to reduce their carbon footprint by incorporating sustainable practices within the school and community.

Students are encouraged to undertake sustainability initiatives that reduce waste, water and energy consumption.

Over the last year, the school saved 1.18 million litres of water, reduced their energy consumption from 56,023kwh to 42,893kwh and increased their habitat score from 42 in 2014 to 55 in 2015.

The school has also increased its biodiversity by working with their local council on waste projects, planting a Bird Scope and Bush Tucker garden, along with many other sustainable initiatives.

The school joined the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools program in 2012 and was the first school in the Loddon Mallee region to achieve 5 Star Certification. The school was also crowned ResourceSmart School of the Year in 2015.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Winters Flat Primary School is leading by example on how young people can learn and adapt sustainable initiatives into their everyday routines.”

“I’d like to congratulate the fantastic students and teachers at the school on this award, which recognises all their hard work on making their school and local community more sustainable.”

 “These students are champions of change – they are taking action to make their school and their planet a more sustainable and enjoyable place to be.”

“I’m proud that we can acknowledge and encourage such great work. Congratulations to the entire school community on these awards.”

 

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