The Palaszczuk Government has today released a guide to help schools become more sustainable and reduce emissions.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said schools across Queensland would be able to access this guide, which presents ideas on how to be efficient when it comes to energy, water, transport, food and waste.
“The Climate Ready Schools Guide will help schools become more sustainable, save money, and help them prepare for extreme weather events such as heatwaves and cyclones,” Minister Enoch said.
“The guide provides detailed information about renewable energy options, and features case studies of schools that have benefitted from installing rooftop solar systems.
“The guide also showcases schools that are cultivating food gardens, reducing their waste output, and promoting active transport options such as cycling, walking and car-pooling.
“With Australia recently facing its hottest summer on record, we need to act now and take action to protect our environment by choosing low carbon options.
“The guide further advances the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.
“It also furthers our Government’s work in ensuring Queenslanders have appropriate resources that can support Queenslanders to adapt to climate change.”
Sustainable Energy Systems Consultant, Trevor Berrill, helped to prepare the guide and identify opportunities for sustainability and cost savings across Queensland’s schools.
“Currently most schools in Queensland obtain electricity from the grid, and for many, a solar and battery set-up would greatly reduce their energy costs and deliver environmental benefits,” Mr Berrill said.
“Appliances such as computers, lighting and air conditioning are also large users of electricity.
“Simply by installing timers or sensor devices, or by upgrading to higher efficiency models, schools could substantially reduce costs and emissions.”