Sunshine Coast Council is inviting local schools to win big and help save the environment by entering the 2012 Living Smart schools competition.
Until 30 June, schools can win $1000 towards a sustainability project by getting the highest percentage of students to register with council’s online sustainable living educational tool, Living Smart Homes.
Climate change and environment initiatives coordinator, Sally Wright said the competition encourages the uptake of sustainable living, both in the classroom and at home.
“Council has committed to reducing household energy costs in the Sunshine Coast Energy Transition Plan 2010-2020,” Ms Wright said.
“We hope to achieve this goal by getting at least 10,000 households to sign up for the Living Smart program by 2020.
“The competition encourages teachers to include sustainable living in their school curriculum and for schools to develop their own environment management plans.
“Living Smart Homes is a free online interactive program that encourages parents and children to practice sustainable living through eight different modules – energy, water, transport, waste, food, wellbeing, biodiversity and neighbourhood.”
The 2012 Living Smart school competition is open to all primary and secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast.
Schools can be registered by a school representative such as a headmaster, teacher or P&C committee member.
Council will help schools promote the competition by providing a range of promotional tools including program information, advertisements, posters and graphics for school newsletters.
Students who register will also go in the draw to win an iPad and a number of other sustainability prizes for their school such as Geckoes wildlife presentations, worm farms, resource guides and wildlife nest boxes.