Sustainability is a significant priority at Geelong High School. There are a number of initiatives in place which are helping to reduce the school’s impact on the environment.
The Geelong High School Green Team, established towards the end of 2014, is a group of students dedicated to reducing the impact we place on the environment both as a school and as we move throughout our individual lives. During the short time for which the group have been active, they have strived to enlighten students, staff and parents alike on the realities of the climate. In order to achieve this, they have scheduled guest speakers, including the privilege of having world famous conservationist Jane Goodall personally educate us, and created thought provoking art pieces among many other things.
Any students with any interest in improving our impact on the environment are welcome to join the Green Team.
Events supported by Cool Australia:
Tree Planting for Schools Tree Day
Every year Geelong High School students participate in Schools Tree Day. Around 100 students work together with The City of Greater Geelong to plant hundreds of native trees along the Ted Wilson Trail in Corio. Students enjoy getting their hands dirty and seeing the difference that they make to their local environment. Thanks go to The City of Greater Geelong for their guidance in this process and to Catriona Simmonds (staff member) for organising the day each year.
Resource Smart Sustainable Schools Initiative-
Geelong High School has signed up to become a Resource Smart School. ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do. Certification as a Resource Smart school requires the completion of a series of modules:
• Core Module (completed)
• Energy Module (completed) - The school has installed solar panels
• Waste Module (currently being undertaken)
• Water Module
• Biodiversity Module
As part of the Resource Smart program, we are taking action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ResourceSmart Schools helps reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment. Geelong High School uses the Resource Smart Schools website, which helps us track our sustainability journey and identify savings made.
SWEP- Schools Water Efficiency Program
Geelong High School participates in the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP).
This Program has provided data loggers to our school to continue the education and demonstration of water efficiency in practice. By thoroughly monitoring water usage, schools can detect and rectify leaks, saving water and money. The program also provides students with an opportunity to learn about water efficiency in a tangible and realistic environment. An exclusive, program specific curriculum resource is available providing relevant water efficiency activities for students.
Since we began this program in 2014, SWEP has enable Geelong High School to identify and rectify a number of water leaks. We are now able to monitor our electricity usage through SWEP as well.
In 2016, the Principal, Mr Davey, signed a pledge to repower our school. A 100 kilowatt solar system (with 384 panels) was installed in December 2016. In February 2017, Geelong High School was ranked 4th in Victorian schools measuring energy use in SWEP.