Schools and Preschools

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Council runs a range of sustainability events and programs for schools and preschools located in the Woollahra area to educate and engage the next generation.

Local programs to support your sustainability projects and teaching

Expand the headings below to find out more about our local programs.

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Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network (ESSSN)

ESSSN meetingThe Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network is a support network for all schools and early learning centres in the Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick council areas. Teachers, parents and others with a passion for sustainability meet at a different school each term to share current projects and learn about the resources, events and programs available to help.

Sign up here to be notified of all our upcoming ESSSN events.

Network Meetings for 2021

Recycle school uniforms

Woollahra Council is working with Sydney-based company Worn Up to offer our local public schools the opportunity to be part of a school uniform recycling trial that will last for 12 months starting from January 2022. Worn Up will work closely with local schools to deliver this trial program.

Process for collectoinWho are Worn Up?

Worn Up is a business dedicated to the task of recycling school uniforms that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

Why recycle school uniforms?

  • Each year 2000 tonnes of School Uniforms end up as waste.
  • The Worn Up Program keeps textile waste out of landfill.
  • Uniforms are made into new long lasting products such as dog beds, acoustic insulation, furniture and more.
  • This trial helps your school bring textile recycling to your community and teach students about the value of worn out textiles.
  • At the end of the program your school will be told the total kilos that have been saved from landfill and the emission reductions associated with this.

What’s involved?

Here are the 5 key steps to participate in the program.

  1. Ensure the school Principal, school sustainability champions (teachers and/or students) and Uniform Shop Manager are interested to join.
  2. Complete our form to register your interest.
  3. Schedule a discussion with Worn Up staff to talk through the program details.
  4. Schedule items in your school communications to remind parents/students to bring their old uniforms in prior to the scheduled collection days.
  5. Share your school’s textile waste savings with your community.

Is there any cost for the school?

Council will sponsor the program for local public schools for 12 months so there will be no financial cost to your school during this trial.

Are there opportunities for private schools?

Woollahra Council will support by funding the initial cost of the collection pod for private schools. These schools will need to fund their own collections.

To register your interest:

Dowland, complete and submit the application form by 30 November 2021.

More details:

Contact our Environmental Education Officer

02 9391 7095

Reduce your school's carbon emissions

Kids using app

Woollahra Council have partnered with ClimateClever to support our local schools to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Public schools in our area can join the program for a free 12 month trial during 2021-22.
  • Private schools will receive a 50% discount on membership fees during the trial period.

What’s involved?

This is a wonderful opportunity to design, implement and monitor the outcomes of sustainability projects with your school's green team. This app-based program provides schools with resources to design carbon savings project and monitor their impact.

  • Measure and reduce your school's carbon and environmental impact.
  • Link carbon reduction initiatives to the national curriculum.
  • Use your school buildings as a living laboratory for hands-on learning.
  • Engage your community around low carbon living.
  • Network with other schools implementing the program.

How do we get involved?

  1. Ensure the school Principal and school sustainability champions (teachers, students and/or P&C) are interested to join.
  2. Complete our form to register your interest.
  3. Schedule a discussion with ClimateClever to talk through the program details.
  4. Use the app to create your baseline carbon footprint from your utility bills.
  5. Create a plan based on successful actions from other schools.
  6. Download student lesson plans and resources to integrate the ClimateClever program into various learning areas.
  7. Track your progress and celebrate your impact.

To register your interest:

Dowland, complete and submit the application form by 30 November 2021.

More details:

Contact our Environmental Education Officer

02 9391 7095

Greening your school - Tree Day

Tree dayEvery year Council supports local schools and preschools to get their hands dirty on Schools Tree Day.

Contact us to learn how to apply for a site check and plants for your school's tree day planting.

Solar My School

Students with solar panelLots of local schools want solar power but don’t know where to start. Solar My School is a free Council program to help local schools navigate a path to solar success, from start to finish.

To find out more, or register your schools interest, visit the Solar My School website.

Recycling and waste education

waste_250Council supports schools and preschools to become sustainable through simple waste minimisation strategies that reduce cost, landfill space, greenhouse gases, and protect our natural resources and environment.

Find out more about our school waste education programs.

School visits

School visitsCouncil’s Environmental Education Officer is available to visit your school and deliver sustainability presentations or provide support to your school's sustainability team. Themes include:

  • urban wildlife
  • creating habitat for small birds
  • energy audits and action.

Complete the application form.

Resources to support your sustainability projects and teaching