And if you want to read about a school that has run one, go to the 'Green school stories' .
Use our photo gallery in the quicklinks above to check out some images from Awabakal.
School Environmental Management Plans (SEMP)
As part of the NSW Environmental Education Policy, schools are asked to involve their students in managing their school environment.
The focus areas for schools include Water, Energy, Biodiversity, Waste and use Resources for school activities and the aim is to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. This work involves students in collecting and analysing real information, problem solving real issues and developing planning skills.
Steps for each focus area include:
conducting a review of bills to identify costs (if available)
conducting an audit to get a baseline picture
identifying problems that can be addressed
The NSW DEC Environmental and Sustainability Education website holds useful information including: curriculum related policies; policy support; new programs and professional learning.
WebGraphs is a very useful tool that allows teachers to integrate environmental education with other KLAs using real life energy data from the school. This WebGraph package contains easy to use information on the set up, application and use of WebGraphs for schools.