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Whitehorse City Council – What’s on this Term

24th March 2017 BY: sustainabilityhub@ceres.org.au

TEN Meeting

Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL)

Composting – Feeding it Right

When: Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Where: Mount Evelyn Christian School (135 York Road, Montrose 3765)
Cost: Free

Throughout 2016 it became clear that food waste processing is a challenging project for many schools, early years centres and other educational facilities.
EASL is coordinating this Professional Development session for teachers and parent helpers on food waste and composting/worm farming. This session will be in a school setting to provide some guidance and assistance to those with systems in place or those looking to set systems up. Ella Gaye from Chooktopia will lead us through some of the pitfalls and hurdles of composting as well as answering any of those niggling questions you’ve always had about composting.
All attendees will go in the draw to win a worm farm!

More info: Click here for more information and to register. Bookings close 6pm on Mon 21 August 2017.


Professional Development

Applications Open – Your school’s chance to visit The New Joneses!

Applications close: Friday, 1 September 2017

When: Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 October 2017
Where: Whitehorse City Council’s Civic Centre lawns (379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading)
Cost: Free

EASL is now accepting applications from schools in the region to visit The New Joneses (TNJ) tiny house. A limited number of visits are available, so get in quick!
Since 2012, the multi-award winning ‘The New Joneses’ house aims to show us how we can all live more sustainable lives and how to create an equitable world through fun, thoughtful and less wasteful use of our finite resources. The newest version of The New Joneses house is the tiny house. It has a floor space of just 12.5 square meters, yet is able to sleep 4 adults and contain all the mod-cons for everyday living. Innovative sustainable features (such as solar panels, edible green walls, a fold down wall bed and more!) give a glimpse into how these could be implemented in our own homes and schools, and provides a platform for discussion.

Each visit is for a class of 30 students (maximum) for a total duration of 1.5 hours on site. Each class will progress through 3 different 20-minute workshops, which cover the following topics:

  • Tour of The New Joneses tiny house
  • Getting waste-wise with composting
  • Renewable energy solutions

These visits are appropriate for late-primary school to secondary school students.

More info: To enquire and apply, contact your council’s EASL representative (http://easl.com.au/contact-us).  Click here for more information about The New Joneses.



Walk to School 2017

Walk to school this October and be in the running for fantastic school prizes.

When: October 2017
Registrations close:
Monday 14 August 2017

Local primary school students will be walking to and from school more often, as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School month in October. The City of Whitehorse is supporting local primary schools to get involved in the initiative, which highlights the benefits of walking for children, such as improving fitness, confidence, friendships and the environment. Walk to School is a fun way to help kids get the 60 minutes of exercise they need each day.

As an incentive to participate, Council and VicHealth are offering schools three bonus options. Option 1 is a $300 voucher to host a healthy breakfast. Option 2 is $300 worth of sporting equipment. Option 3 is $300 worth of classroom healthy breakfast packs. Plus, schools that register to conduct a Category 3 activity will be in the draw to win $2000 towards an active travel item such as bike racks.

Council will present the ‘Golden Shoe’ trophy to the school with the highest percentage of students who walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school during October 2017. Students involved in Walk to School 2017 will receive a certificate of participation from VicHealth.

More info: Visit  the Whitehorse City Council and Walk to School websites for more information.

Smarter Living – Why we should ‘Give a Fork!’ about waste

When: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 7 – 9pm
Manningham Civic Centre (699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster 3108)

Cassie Duncan is the Co-founder and General Manager of Sustainable Table, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2009 that empowers people to use their shopping dollar to vote for a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. Cassie is passionate about building a resilient local food system and believes that providing people with the tools and information to support their local producers, reduce food and packaging waste, reduce meat and seafood consumption, grow a little at home and embrace the seasons is a gigantic step in the right direction. Her book The Sustainable Table cookbook won Best Sustainable Food Book in Australia at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.
Cassie will share her insights on the state of the planet’s food systems, mindful meat eating, sustainable seafood and practical things you can do to reduce your environmental impact through the food you eat.

More info: Bookings are essential. Click here to register and for more information.