What my school can do

Students from Southern Cross Catholic College in Scarborough help to monitor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef

Students from Southern Cross Catholic College in Scarborough help to monitor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef
Schools are full of smart people (that includes the students), but they are very busy. When schools take time to reduce their energy, they come up with clever ideas that result in some big energy savings. In many schools, itís the students who are leading the environmental changes. These are some of the things that you and your school can do:

  • Join Reef Guardians or Coral Watch
  • Have a program to turn off lights and computers when they are not needed
  • Have most computers set to sleep modes that reduces the energy they consume
  • With the help of an expert, find out which fittings around the school could be changed to save energy
  • Audit the lights in the classrooms and remove unnecessary tubes

Coral Colour Comparison

Coral health chart
  • Place weekly timers on electrical hot water systems
  • Calculate the best time to turn the heaters on in the morning and when they should be turned off. Encourage students to wear extra layers so the heater does not need to be on as long
  • Plant some trees to soak up carbon dioxide
  • Join a program called Sustainable Schools
  • Educate your community about the need to reduce greenhouse gases.

Guess what!
Most of the greenhouse gas produced by schools is equally divided by lights, (about 30%) computers (about 30%) and heating and cooling (about 30%). A lot of energy saving can be done for no cost; it might just take someone like you to turn off a switch.