Sustainability at Lynwood Senior High School
‘Sustainable patterns of living meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Actions to improve sustainability are individual and collective endeavours shared across local and global communities. They necessitate a renewed and balanced approach to the way humans interact with each other and the environment.’
[The School Curriculum and Standards Authority]
Lynwood Senior High School is a leader in Sustainability.
The Australian Curriculum places emphasis on Sustainability as a priority for study that connects and relates relevant aspects of content across learning areas and subjects.
Lynwood SHS has an Approved Specialist Program which addresses this focus: the Environment and Life Science (EaLS) Program.
Cross-curriculum learning is fundamental to:
- understanding the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
- appreciating and respecting the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
- participating critically and acting creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.
Through the priority of Sustainability, students develop the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary to contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.
Lynwood Senior High School implements a number of strategies which have made it a leader in Sustainability.
- The school strives to reduce its greenhouse emissions though reinforcing behavioural change and retrofitting equipment to reduce use of energy and water. By working locally and thinking globally there is a real intent to reduce the impact on the planet’s resources.
- A Sustainability Program Coordinator is employed to research and implement innovations which engage and empower students and staff to adopt sustainability practices both at work and in their homes. A significant aspect of this work is to reduce the utility costs of the school.
- Savings are reinvested into new sustainability initiatives. Lynwood Senior High School is a member of the ClimateClever Program, a new data-driven program underpinned by a set of innovative online tools designed to help schools measure, monitor, compare and reduce their carbon footprint.
- Five recycling streams make up the Community Recycling Station at the front of the school. This has been a fantastic success, in 2017 the school collected more coffee pods than any other school or business in Australia. This is one of the ways that we encourage the community to take responsibility for their waste and increase understanding of this aspect of Sustainability.
- Triple bottom line accounting, which seeks to balance economic, environment and social outcomes, is increasing used in decision making at the school.