Wednesday February 12, 2014
Environment Minister Robyn Parker and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today announced Colyton High School Trade School will receive $3,500 to educate students and staff about living within a healthy ecological school environment.
Ms Davies said there will be a major emphasis on reducing, reusing and recycling as well as cultivating a food garden, compost and worm farm that will teach students and staff about sustainable healthy living.
“The funding will help the school with students’ environmental education, improve student welfare and health by showing students healthy eating alternatives and improve dietary habits,” Ms Davies said.
Ms Parker said this was just one of 52 grants recently announced in addition to the 80 grants announced last November.
“The combined total of 2013 Eco Schools and Food Gardens in Schools grants is $382,000, and this will have an enormous impact for students and the environment in NSW,” Ms Parker said.
“Projects like those funded in this Environmental Trust grant round inspire students and the wider community to consider their environment and empower them to help protect it.”
The overall objective of the Eco Schools program is to support schools to develop best practice in environmental education and innovative solutions to environmental issues.
The Food Gardens in Schools Program provides learning opportunities for students, teachers and other members of the school community about healthy sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens.