The Sathya Sai College of Murwillumbah NSW is Australia’s Sai School, supported by the SSIO in Australia. It has recently won a local council sustainability award. Tweed Council is taking a proactive role in encouraging sustainability in their area by recognising the importance of management of the environment for social and economic wellbeing, as well as for preservation for the future. On 15 November 2019, they conducted the inaugural ceremony, presenting awards to Sustainability Champions. The Sathya Sai College at Murwillumbah was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for Schools.
The slogan for the College’s submission was – ‘Learning about litter, living life cleaner and making it greener.’
The practices implemented at the school that were highlighted were: Red bin-free school grounds –avoiding rubbish for landfill, creating healthy habits by eating nude food – reducing packaging, connecting with nature during activities such as outdoor classroom day, weekly gardening activities, developing edible gardens by growing a “Juicy Fruit Patch” and using the 3 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Recycle.
This comprehensive round of initiatives adopted by students, staff and parents, has gradually changed the waste management processes and culture of the school community. It likely has flow-on effects to the homes and the community, as well as installing positive sustainability awareness in the students. The success of the program has also been achieved thanks to the support of organisations supporting sustainability including Eco-Schools, North East Waste and Tweed Shire Council.