Chum Creek Primary is a small, rural school with a long history of awareness of, (and concern for), the environment. The school community believes that caring for the environment and educating our children for a sustainable future are core issues. We believe it is vital to work towards creating a more sustainable school and future. An effective environmental education program needs to encompass learnings which are about the environment, in the environment and for the environment. We aim to cover all of these aspects in our environmental education program.
For many years, the school has participated in the Shire of Yarra Ranges Learning for Sustainability Program (LfS)and has achieved Stage 3 status in this program. The five stage Learning for Sustainability Program aims to assist schools function in an environmentally responsible manner and bring issues related to environmental sustainability into the school curriculum. The Chum Creek Primary Sustainability Committee, comprised of students, staff and parents, implement and oversee this process.
As part of the Learning for Sustainability program, we conduct audits in the areas of energy, water, materials and waste in order to establish our consumption levels and allow is to identify areas of reduction. From this we have identified peask in electricity usage and undertaken an illumination audit to identify possibilities for de-lamping.