Sustainability at Redlands

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Overview

Since 1884, Redlands has always been willing to press forward to embrace the future. This culture continues today and is reflected in our Strategic Plan which aims to enrich the learning experience for our students through five strategic drivers: a Culture of Innovation, Personal Excellence, Quality Staff, a Culture of Wellbeing and Sustainable Facility Development. These drivers will guide us in nurturing every student to achieve their potential and support our aspiration for Redlands as a leading contemporary and innovative school inspiring students to adapt, create and thrive in our complex global community.

At Redlands, our strategic intent is to reduce our carbon footprint and manage our energy, water, waste, and biodiversity resources sustainably. We have a strategic commitment to sustainably managing the facilities and grounds of the School whilst continually engaging our students and the wider community in this endeavour.

Sustainability Achievements at Redlands to Date

  • 61.04xKW solar panel system on the Junior Campus – which has led to the reduction of 55.22 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent to planting 1494 trees, removing 10,887 cars from the road for one year or powering 6028 homes’ energy for one year
  • LED lights on all 3 campuses, which has led to a reduction of 131.62 tonnes of CO2 annually, equating to 6 cars off the road per year or powering 23.9 homes for a year
  • Energy monitoring sensors on the Junior Campus and Senior Campus
  • Light sensors installed on the Junior Campus and Senior Campus
  • Biodegradable packaging available in school canteens 
  • Single use plastics eliminated from the canteens
  • Climate Clever Schools membership 
  • Green and Recycling bin system introduced
  • Environment Captains in the Junior School and Secondary School
  • Second hand book and uniform sales
  • All copy paper is either 100% recyclable and/or carbon neutral paper

 

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Sustainability Working Group (SWG)

In Term 3, 2021, the SWG was established with Redlands staff and students:

Executive Members:
  • Amy Cheung – Board Director
  • Brad Weatherstone – Executive Sponsor
  • Kimberlee Chipper – Chair
Redlands Staff Members:
  • Eleanor Dalton
  • Carty Haverhals
  • Kate Lindsay
  • Romy Tobiansky
Junior Campus Environment Captains
  • Lauren Rolfe
  • Otis Gait
Senior Campus Environment Captains
  • Iris Buisman
  • Jacob Gold

The SWG meet twice a term to work on various sustainability initiatives and oversee sustainable change at Redlands. So far, the achievements of the SWG include:

  • Reviewing the Redlands electricity monitoring system
  • Inputting data into Climate Clever Schools, backdating to 2018
  • Developing a Sustainability Aspiration for Redlands
  • Completing a Junior Campus Waste Audit
  • Linking the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to areas of sustainability at Redlands
  • Organising the celebration of Call to Earth Day
  • Creating an Energy Focus Group and Waste Focus Group

 

Sustainability Community Advisory Group (SCAG)

We are seeking formal expressions of interest from parents and carers in our community who have a passion for, and significant experience in, driving tangible sustainability outcomes.  Commencing in Term 2 2022, those selected will form a Sustainability Community Advisory Group to provide guidance and support to the Sustainability Working Group in the development of a School Environmental Management Plan and contribute to ongoing and future sustainability initiatives at Redlands. Members of the SCAG will include:

  • Amy Cheung – Board Director
  • Kimberlee Chipper – Chair
  • Brad Weatherstone – CFO and Executive Sponsor
  • Grant Birse – Head of Community Engagement
  • Redlands Community Members

Up to four delegates of the Sustainability Community Advisory Group will rotate through the Sustainability Working Group, joining our staff and students to develop and monitor a sustainability implementation plan for Redlands. Delegates of the Sustainability Working Group will be required to attend two meetings a Term (8 a year) to connect, contribute and share your knowledge and experience.

As a member of the Sustainability Community Advisory Group, you should possess a high level of understanding of sustainability best practice, innovation, and experience.

Please email your expression of interest to Kimberlee Chipper, Sustainability Working Group Chair, Redlands to sustainability@redlands.nsw.edu.au addressing the following selection criteria:

  • your experience and passion working within the field of sustainability
  • how you will contribute to sustainable change at Redlands
  • relevant credentials or qualifications
  • your connection with Redlands

Please email your expression of interest by close of business Friday 6 May.

Climate Clever Schools

Redlands have developed a partnership with Climate Clever Schools, which allows the School to track, manage and reduce our carbon footprint. Redlands have three separate accounts for the Junior Campus, Senior Campus and High Country Campus, allowing us to both view campuses separately or as a whole school. The input of data has been backdated to 2018, allowing for a full picture of our carbon footprint to better inform our baseline.

Where to Next?

  • Reducing energy consumption on all 3 campuses
  • Completing a Senior Campus Waste Audit
  • Researching various waste streams and composting options
  • Completing an energy audit of the Senior and Junior Campuses
  • Eliminating all waste generated by school canteens
  • Building Sustainable School Gardens on the Junior Campus and Senior Campus
  • Integrating solar and energy monitoring data into Teaching and Learning Programs