Sustainability at Frankston High


Sustainability is a significant priority at Frankston High School. There are a number of initiatives in place that are helping to reduce the school’s impact on the environment.

Eco Team
To start with there is a keenly active student group, the Eco Team. They hold weekly meetings, conduct sustainability audits, plan environmental awareness campaigns, maintain the school veggie garden, organise fundraisers, lobby school officials for change, help manage resource use and waste disposal, speak publicly on behalf of the school, and actively pursue other concerns or issues that are deemed important for school sustainability and good environmental practice. Students in this group are drawn from Year 7 right through to Year 12. Eco Team leaders are encouraged to attend environmental leadership conferences and to mentor younger students to become environmental leaders of the future.

 

The current Eco Team leaders are:

Bridin Walker
(President)

Ella Bowman
(Vice President)

Upcoming Events

Frankston City Council and Frankston High School cordially invite you
to a presentation of the stunning short film BAYKEEPERS
Where: Frankston High School Hall, Towerhill Road, Frankston
When: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Time: Doors open from 5.30pm for refreshments with a 6.00pm start
(run time 26 minutes)
Q&A afterwards with a BAYKEEPERS guest speaker

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EARTH HOUR SCHOOLS’ DAY Friday 27th of March

EarthHour

Frankston High School Sustainability Policy:
Frankston High School’s Sustainability Policy acts as a guide to building sustainability into facets of the school system.
Frankston High School Sustainability Policy 2014 onwards.pdf

Sustainability Victoria / ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic environmental tracking system

Our school is proud to be partnered with Sustainability Victoria and ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic which gives us access to a fantastic online tracking system enabling us to chart our resource use. Gas, energy, paper, landfill and recycling all get tracked making it easier to pinpoint areas where we need to improve environmental efficiency.
More information is available at http://www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au/about/

SusVicResSmart

Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)
Frankston High School is also proud to be partnered with SWEP. This enables us to keep precise track of our water use. The program is accurate enough to help us locate leaks and to monitor the water being withdrawn from our 100,000 litre rainwater tank.
More information is available at http://www.myswep.com.au/

Lighting
The school is always trying to become more energy efficient. Energy audits have identified our need to reduce costs associated with classroom lighting; this area is our biggest user of power. As a result LED lighting has replaced standard fluorescent light fittings (see comparative figures below) and sensors have been installed to turn lighting off automatically when nobody is utilising rooms. LED lights are energy efficient, safer, brighter and last far longer than traditional fluorescents. Since installation the junior school’s energy bills have been slashed.

Lighting Graph

Signs
Classrooms and office areas are signed with energy saving messages to remind staff, students and users of our facilities to turn them off when they are not necessary. These are gentle reminders that will go a long way to reducing our energy consumption – this could mean anything from heaters and air-conditioners through to microwaves and computers.
In celebration of world environment day new posters dealing with heating in classrooms will be distributed across the school.
Yoda on thermal comfort
The Avengers on thermal comfort
Mr-T-on-thermal-comfort.pdf
Katniss on thermal comfort
Gizmo on thermal comfort
Elsa on thermal comfort

Schools’ Tree Day
To help increase the biodiversity of our grounds we regularly participate in Schools’ Tree Day. Frankston Council supports our efforts with donations of plants to help revegetate the more barren areas of our school. This year Schools’ Tree Day falls on Friday July 24th.
More information is available at http://treeday.planetark.org/schools/
Frankston Council http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Home

Don’t Palm Us Off
Frankston High School supports the Don’t Palm Us Off campaign established by Zoos Victoria. The program is aimed at decreasing habitat loss caused by unsustainable palm oil plantations. Particularly targeted by the campaign are organisations who continue to mislabel palm oil on product ingredient lists.
For further information visit: http://www.zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife/dont-palm-us-off

Vegetable Garden
An edible garden has been established which is in its beginning phases. It is hoped it will eventually help supply our school canteen and food department. Composting and worm farming will enable the food technology area to dispose of their waste thoughtfully, instead of directing it to landfill. Students will learn about permaculture, subsistence farming and general horticultural techniques.

General Strategies
Other sustainable initiatives at Frankston High School feature the reduction of paper use through double sided photocopying as well as supporting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper sources, the creation of an online ‘Swap Shop’ where staff can share resources they may not need any more with someone who does, and collaboration with community groups such as the Frankston Environmental Friends Network.
For more information on the FSC visit http://au.fsc.org/

Tips from the Eco Team on how to be more sustainable / environmentally aware
• If you print documents use an Ecofont (www.ecofont.com) as it will decrease the amount of ink used in your print job. This has the added benefit of making your printer cartridge last longer, thus saving you money.
• Print double sided when possible (on home printers this is often titled ‘Duplex’ printing)
• Bring your old mobile phone into Frankston High School for recycling. Given there are more mobile phones than humans this is incredibly beneficial for the environment. They can be handed in at either general office. Please ensure all data is wiped and cards are removed. Unfortunately power supplies cannot be recycled at this stage.

Further environment related information
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Climate Change 2013 – The Physical Science Basis – Summary for Policymakers
IPCC – Climate Change 2013.pdf