Environmental initiatives in Orange on display

Senior representatives from the NSW Department of Education and Training will this week visit Orange to learn about ecologically sustainable initiatives which are underway in local schools and TAFE campuses.


The visit by senior departmental staff is part of the organisation’s commitment to encouraging environmentally sound practices across the state’s schools and TAFE colleges.


According to Julie Buckley, a foundation member of the Ecological Sustainability Strategy Group, the most senior environmental policy making group in the department, the visit will enable them to see first-hand a range of initiatives which are already being implemented.


“The Department of Education and Training is very committed to the incorporation of sustainable practices into our curricula, learning and work environments as well as the way we operate schools and TAFE Institutes,” she said.


“As our group is developing an environmental plan for whole organisation, it is very important that we are aware of local initiatives that are already contributing to our environmental objectives.


“As a group we try to visit a region outside of Sydney at least once a year. As one of the few regionally based members of the group, I am very pleased to have my colleagues visit my home town.”


Whilst in Orange the group will visit Mullion Creek Public School to learn about their use of solar power in the school and the creation of an outdoor environmental area that is being used as a focus for learning.


The group will also learn about projects undertaken by TAFE including the development of a seed-bank for endangered native plants; a booklet about environmentally responsible four-wheel driving; a book about growing native plants in the area; and a strategy to use alternate water sources on the TAFE campus.


TAFE staff will also discuss how they were involved in the construction of Orange’s Environmental Learning Facility which models sustainable building practices to achieve saving in materials, energy and water.