Sustainable Community Award Winner

Grade 5 and 6 students at Silverton Primary School have been reviewing the school’s electricity bills to monitor energy use and reduce overall energy consumption. Through their participation in the Resource Smart Program students identified energy and waste reduction as their priorities. Students came up with a list of actions to reduce the school’s overall energy use and set a reduction target of 5 per cent in a year. From 2017-18 the school reduced energy use by 6.4 per cent, exceeding their target. In addition to this Silverton Primary School also hosted a Kids Teaching Kids Conference, inviting students from other school to present workshops on environmental issues. In 2017 they created a workshop focusing on climate change. Through this workshop students have advocated to politicians for better climate change policies.