Passion for sustainability at IGS

"The recent Sustainability Roundtable was a fantastic success because of the passion and engagement of students, parents and staff that care deeply about the planet and the wellbeing of future generations," Head of Sustainability Carmelo Fedele said.

The recent IGS Sustainability Roundtable created a foundation to begin deeper action towards a more sustainable School.

“The students communicated our vision to be a lighthouse school for sustainability,” Mr Fedele said.

“We established six teams focused on the key areas of Waste, Energy, Biodiversity, Water, Activism and Resources. In our teams, we brainstormed a range of actions that were prioritised and we began planning for their implementation.”

Examples discussed included waste, energy and biodiversity audits to create a baseline, as well as a project to reduce waste entering nearby drains.

Mr Fedele said the group now plans to seek accreditation from Eco-Schools Australia.

“This will be achieved by continuing to plan and conduct our audits. Once we have a baseline, we can begin implementing actions, involve and inform the broader IGS community and monitor and evaluate our work,” he said.

“We have a choice about the world we want to live in. So what can you do to create a better world and a better, more sustainable school?”

To view the presentation slides from the Sustainability Roundtable click here

Mr Fedele shared a quote from Baba Dioum:

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”