See some of the fantastic environmental action happening in our Catholic schools across the Diocese of Wollongong as part of the CEDoW Wollongong Environment Network (WEN).
From impressive waste management systems and strategies to reduce single use plastics, to student environment clubs maintaining their school gardens and class lessons integrating outdoor education – our school communities are engaging in a range of initiatives to support environmental awareness and action, and respond to Pope Francis' call to 'care for our common home' in his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si'.
A special congratulations to our top performing schools, achieving at least 13/15 of the below categories of environmental action!
St Paul's Albion Park
St Columbkille's Corrimal
St John's Dapto
Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale
St Mary's Milton
St Patrick's Port Kembla
Stella Maris Shellharbour
Interact with the below maps to see which schools are engaged in each environmental action or initiative...
(Click on the icon in the top-left of each map to see a list of the schools featured on that map).
Schools that have a School environment management plan (SEMP)
schools that recycle and have school-wide recycling bins
Schools that use use compost, organics and/or FOGO bins
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE GARDENS (EG: FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HERBS AND/OR BUSHTUCKER GARDENS)
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ECO-FRIENDLY INFRASTRUCTURE (EG: WATER TANKS, LED LIGHTING, SOLAR PANELS)
SCHOOLS THAT ORGANISE/PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS EVENTS AND DAYS
SCHOOLS THAT ENGAGE IN WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGIES (EG: 'NUDE FOOD' DAYS, GREEN CANTEEN/CATERING SUPPLIES)
SCHOOLS THAT REDUCE AND REUSE PAPER (EG: USE DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS & COMMUNICATIONS, PRINTING RESTRICTIONS)
SCHOOLS THAT ARE USING OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACES and outdoor education
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL OR GARDEN CLUB/TEAM
SCHOOLS THAT COLLECT DATA AND/OR CONDUCT AUDITS ON THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS
SCHOOLS THAT INTEGRATE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTO THE CURRICULUM
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ENGAGED IN STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE ENVIRONMENT AND LAUDATO SI'