ECOlogic Schools

Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum which includes,

  • understanding the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
  • appreciating and respecting the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
  • participating critically and acting creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.

Support

Tools

To borrow, order or find out more, contact sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

  • Solar Tool Kit: Schools can borrow this portable kit to help students learn about renewable energy. The kit features a fan, radio, fluorescent lamp, LCD display, buzzer and energy monitor.
  • Turtle Stencils: Made from old street signs, these can be used for chalk art or reverse graffiti (pressure cleaning) by students to advocate for responsible litter disposal. The stencils include messages such as ‘bin your butts’ and ‘only rain down this drain’ to highlight the effects of litter on our environmental.
  • Cool Homes Guide: Assists students to learn tropical building design principles, crucial for emerging builders and architects in the region. The Guide may also assist students entering the Tropical Architecture Awards facilitated by the Business Liaison Association.
  • Understory Film Festival: Held in June each year, the competition includes an environmentally themed category which is a great way for high school students to tell their sustainability story and explore themes from the classroom.

Programs

  • Reef Guardian Schools: This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) program fosters awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems. The program has great resources to help students learn about the Reef and the role we all share in protecting it. Council is an active member of the Reef Guardian Program and can also provide advice and support to schools.
  • TropFutures Network: made up of passionate North Queensland sustainability educators, it includes a mentoring program matching JCU students to schools to grow your sustainability projects. Curriculum aligned resources from K-10 are also available online.
  • Climate Clever Program: assists schools and their students to reduce carbon through monitoring energy use, with bench marking tools, comparisons to other schools and lesson plans to involve the students in energy audits.

Other Resources

Resources

Last updated: 05 February 2018