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Sustainability April E-flash

World Environment Day 2015 Celebrations - Shire wide student photography project

To celebrate World Environment Day in 2015, Byron Shire Council and Brunswick Valley Landcare are running an environmentally focused photographic project with Brunswick Heads Primary School.

The shire wide project will involve students learning about the local environment as part of the science curriculum. Students will then be taken on a tour of the Suffolk Park Dunecare and Saltwater Creek Landcare sites by Landcare volunteers. During the tour children will be guided to photograph the regeneration work and the local environment.  

Each student will then have one image displayed as part of a walking photography exhibition around Brunswick Heads leading up to and including World Environment Day on Friday 5 June 2015 and the Old and Gold Festival on Saturday 6 June 2015.

The theme of the photography exhibition will be ‘Our Environment is Golden’.

A limited edition book of the project will be created, including photographs by and of the students, and Brunswick Valley Landcare will distribute further information and resources from a stall during the Old and Gold Festival.

Further information about the project can be obtained from Melody Valentine, Secretary of Brunswick Valley Landcare at melody.f.valentine@gmail.com.


Events Funding up for grabs!

We have recently announced our first Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund – an annual fund that enables us to partner with our local events to help them grow their economic and environmental sustainability. $10,000 will be split between up to five events, and the aim of the fund is to:

  1. Enable event organisers to embed sustainability principles in to their events; and/or
  2. Sponsor new events so they can establish themselves as ongoing events that contribute to the local community and economy.

Applications close on Friday 17 April 2015, and further information can be found at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/festival-sponsorship.


Byron Centre for Green Building

Be a part of the green building (r)Evolution and join the Green Building Centre's Crowdfunding Campaign: https://www.chuffed.org/project/greenbuildingcentre/

People can support the campaign by heading to the site and selecting a Perk from being a Friend of the Green Building Centre or listing their green building business on the new products & services website directory and by sharing the campaign with friends and networks. With everyone's help we will provide more green building information, products and services to help more people to build green. 

Globally, over 30 % of greenhouse gases are generated by buildings. Green building is the solution and there IS a growing green building movement in Byron and beyond that you can be a part of.


White coats on, hands wet – School holidays Water Fun!

Come to Water Lab Wednesdays (April 8th & 15th) and discover more about water with fun experiments, investigations and games - a school holiday activity for children 5 to 14 years old with a supervising adult.

The Water Lab opens at 10am and closes at 3pm (last entry 2pm) at Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, 210 Dunoon Road. It’s close to Rocky Creek Dam, our major water supply, so make a day of water science fun followed by a picnic, play or bushwalk at the Dam.

Water Lab Wednesdays started in the January School Holidays with 10 water challenges. These holidays find some old and some new activities including; floating boats, making music and measuring invisible water. Also learn more about the pH of our favourite drinks and then get busy with bits and pieces to create a crazy knitted test tube.

The Water Lab is open during School Term for Year 5 & 6 (Primary) and Years 7 & 8 (Secondary) with sophisticated equipment and open student led water challenges to meet the needs of scientific investigations and fair testing from the new Science curriculum. 

For more information about Water Lab Wednesday and the School Program visit www.watersciencelab.com.au


Do you have a winning idea for high school sustainability education?

The annual Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Global High School Prize. US $100,000 will be granted to the school with the most innovative educational project focusing on renewable energy and sustainability. The prize money can be used to fund a proposed educational project or to complete an ongoing project.

ZFEP is an award managed by Masdar, a clean energy company based in Abu Dhabi. Masdar is creating Masdar City; one of the world’s most sustainable cities that operates as a research hub, provides seed capital and nurtures business partnerships for the future.

The finalists in the Oceania region for 2015 were Cashmere High School (Aotearoa), Lume Regional Training College (Vanuatu) and Melbourne Girls School (Australia).

The Global High School Prize is awarded to a high school in five global regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and our region Oceania.

Applications close June 22nd 2015.

For online submissions, or for more information, please contact Oceania's schools coordinator, Ms Kirsten Powell at kirsten@businessoutlook.com.au or mobile +61 402 111 627 or visit the website www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com


Children’s Farm to Fork Holiday Workshops: April 7-17

Children will join the dots between planet and plate. They will learn more about growing food, cooking, food waste and the how our food heals us.

On the menu will be making yogurt cheese, flowerpot bread, healing potion and the importance of saving seeds. Early bird until 3 April $125.00 per day organic lunch and afternoon tea included.

http://thefarmbyronbay.com.au/pages/a-fork-in-the-field