Waste Wise schools are working towards sustainability and the Waste Wise Schools Program is part of Sustainable Schools WA.
Sustainable Schools WA is a member of the national Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative developed by the Australian Government in cooperation with State and Territory education and environment agencies and other key organisations.
Sustainable Schools WA is a whole-school planning framework for Education for Sustainability (EfS) that has been developed 'by schools, for schools' in conjunction with a broad range of organisations that provide support in this area. This framework has informed the development of the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of sustainability and now provides schools with an ideal support mechanism to implement this critical context for teaching and learning.
Every WA school is engaged in some elements of sustainability/EfS through such areas as utilities management, bushland and dune protection activities, reconciliation and other social (student wellbeing) programs and, as such, can be viewed as being at some point on an 'EfS continuum'. The Sustainable Schools WA framework can assist schools to broaden their respective EfS activity in support of a 'culture of sustainability' becoming established within school communities.
The Initiative supports:
- curriculum development/implementation
- meaningful, action-based learning tasks for students and teachers
- access to a range of resources and an expanding support network
- opportunities to save money through effective resource management
- promotion of schools’ EfS activities
- community partnerships
- professional learning and networking opportunities.