Our first meet-up of 2017 was quite an exciting one! We were lucky enough to have the US Consul General Rachel Cooke swing by the school tour of John Curtin’s sustainability features and for the first half of the meet-up. Rachel has worked for both the EPA and NASA and has a particular interest in sustainability in schools. The kids at John Curtin who were leading the tour were quite chuffed to have Rachel along!

The tour began in the theatre, where they talked about all of the things they do to improve the sustainability of their theatre. Improvements include switching to more efficient light bulbs and recycling batteries used.

Photo by Jean-Paul Horré www.horrephotography.com 0417 079 950

Photo by Jean-Paul Horré // www.horrephotography.com // 0417 079 950

As the group walked around the school, they pointed out an impressive number of veggie and herb gardens as well as a small wind turbine that sat on top of one of the classroom buildings. It was pointed out that some teachers complained about the noise of the turbine during the day and they are in the process of getting a device to measure how much energy it generates.

Photo by Jean-Paul Horré www.horrephotography.com 0417 079 950

US Consul General Rachel Cooke & Peta Scorer (John Curtin) // Photo by Jean-Paul Horré // www.horrephotography.com // 0417 079 950

When the meet-up discusses took place, there were lots of discussion about the switch-off protocol that all schools did just before school holidays. Each school had varying levels of success, but the majority of schools implemented a protocol. It was mentioned that it works best if there is one person in charge of making sure it happens. John Curtin wasn’t sure just how much they’ve saved yet, but they think it’s a decent amount!

Peta, the staff and kids at John Curtin were incredibly accommodating and helpful throughout the entire meetup. Thanks for having the group!