Schools across the North Coast are keen to show their green credentials at this year’s Sustainable Living Expo at the North Coast National Show.

They have been given the opportunity to do so through the Schools For The Future competition, which encourages students to demonstrate their work on practical ways of minimising resource use, improving recycling and supporting environment projects in the community.

“Our students are involved in sustaintability in three ways,” said the School Education Director for The Wilson School Education Group, Toni Hughes.

“They learn about sustainability in the curriculum, they work to reduce their school’s use of energy and water, and to ensure the school grounds have as small an environmental impact as possible.

“The Schools for the Future competition is a great way for them to show the public what they are doing and to learn from each other.

“It is very encouraging to see local schools taking part, as well as seeing entries from schools across New South Wales.”

The inaugural Sustainable Living Expo is being organised by Southern Cross University and aims to highlight practical ways all sectors of the community can help to reduce the carbon footprint.

Local schools signing up for the competition include Ballina High School, with its unprecedented Marine Studies curriculum, and Cabbage Tree Island Public School, which has built a wetland boardwalk with the community to facilitate environment studies.

The Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre oversees a vast range of activities for students from across the region, and other local schools intending to take part include:

  • Lismore High School
  • Lismore Public School
  • Kadina High School
  • Mullumbimby High School
  • Southern Cross K-12 School
  • Nimbin Central School.
  • Tweed River High
  • Murwillumbah High
  • Kingscliff High.

Further south, Cascade Environmental Education Centre and the Tucabia, Bellingen, Nana Glen and Upper Orara Public schools will also take part.

Entries from further afield so far include Riverstone High School in Sydney, Coledale Public School near Wollongong and Wyong Creek Public School on the Central Coast.

The competition winners will be announced at the North Coast National in mid-October.