It's not a leprechaun, it's not an alien, and don't worry, it's not a disease, but it is infectious!
We are loving the enthusiasm and innovation shown by Brisbane's young people for all things clean, green and sustainable. The interest and involvement in Council's sustainability programs from both students and teachers has warmed our green hearts.
Our big 'green' achievements
Check out our Green Heart Schools achievements for 2017.
6 Rethink Your Rubbish programs
The Rethink Your Rubbish program offers a selection of six entertaining and interactive program sessions on waste minimisation. They are free to school groups from Prep to Year 12 and assist in reducing waste and increasing recovery, reuse and recycling of resources. By the end of the 2017 school year, the program will have educated more than 6000 students.
57 student leaders
The 2017 Green Heart School's Student Environmental Leadership Network was attended by 57 students from Year 10 who delivered outstanding environment improvement projects for their schools. These included re-purposing plastic water bottles, setting dates for no-package lunchbox days, erosion and litter reduction, establishing edible gardens, adding composting bins and making recycling clearer and easier for students.
At an overwhelmingly popular and successful event in June 2017, 100 teachers and educators attended the Green Heart Teacher Professional Development Day. Event workshops demonstrated innovative ways to connect a sustainability curriculum to real-life learning. More exciting events like this will run in 2018.
600 World Science Festival challengers
For most people, pitching and presenting a video solution about Brisbane's future water security would be quite daunting, but for more than 600 students from Year 7, the challenge was accepted. The 2017 Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge was delivered in March as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane. The major prize was taken out by Mount Alvernia College, Kedron who have the honour of representing Brisbane at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference.
22,000 active travellers
The numbers just keep getting bigger and we are delighted that 22,400 students are currently participating in the Active Schools Travel program. This year 47 schools encouraged students to use alternative modes of transport to and from school such as cycling, walking and public transport.
Creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Brisbane
Through Green Heart Schools, waste minimisation and Active School Travel programs, Council inspires and educates school students to live more sustainably to help create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Brisbane.
Read more about Council's green schools initiatives.