NT Government Department of Education Annual Report 2017-18 Department of Education Annual Report 2017-18 - Page 32

Commenced planning for the installation of $5 million in rooftop solar panels to schools over three years Recycling for Sustainable Living Maningrida College students bagged thousands of bottles and cans and loaded them on the Sea Swift barge for delivery to Envirobank Recycling in Darwin. The recycling scheme is part of the national ‘Beating the Drum for a Healthier Environment’ initiative. The community clean up project demonstrates resource conservation and recycling, and earned students five cents per can or bottle. The students learned about sustainable living, civic responsibility, and how to employ mathematics, be enterprising and entrepreneurial. Page 32 Northern Territory Department of Education Y A O C TI We worked towards creating a better environment now and into the future by reducing our everyday impacts, using our resources more efficiently and teaching students how to use resources in environmentally sustainable ways. This project had robust links to traditional Aboriginal values and practices that characterise responsible land and sea custodianship. We support the three pillars of sustainability: environmental sustainability by conserving and efficiently using energy and materials and managing our environmental impact and waste; social sustainability by supporting social equity and social needs, and engaging with the community; and economic sustainability by providing pathways to prosperity through inclusive education, developing skills for jobs and creating and enhancing employment opportunities. TEGIC P INTRODUCTION SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY