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Hard work and collaboration wins Green Gold Award

Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:00 a.m.

A western Bay of Plenty school and kindergarten have led the country by joining forces to achieve an Enviroschools Green Gold Award.

The award was presented to Ōmanu School and Gwen Rogers Kindergarten yesterday, by Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Phillip Sherry. 

“This is the highest level of achievement recognised by the Enviroschools programme and it’s the first time ever that a school and kindergarten have worked in partnership to achieve it.”

“This award recognises the commitment and hard work of a whole community of teachers, students and parents. They’ve created a culture of sustainable living that is empowering all to take real action to care for their environment and their future,” Councillor Sherry said.

Councillor Sherry said that Bay of Plenty Regional Council facilitates the Enviroschools programme as part of its work to support community involvement in caring for the natural environment.

Ōmanu School became an Enviroschool in 2004. Since then, the school has set up their own propagation centre to grow dune plants and have adopted a section of coastline to care for under the Bay of Plenty Coast Care programme. The whole school participates in maintaining successful waste management systems including a wormery, composting, recycling, and paper from homes recycling. 

Ōmanu School has installed many working gardens including medicinal, flower and vegetable gardens which have recently been complemented by a bumble bee hive. The school gardens were on show as part of the Garden and Art Festival last weekend.

Gwen Rogers Kindergarten has adopted sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing and waste management practices. They’ve developed a seedling sales programme that encourages families to grow their own food and have planted a community fruit orchard.

The kindergarten also has an energy conservation plan in place and is working towards energy self-sufficiency.

Following the award ceremony which involved the unveiling of signs for the school and kindergarten gates, local families celebrated with a community duathlon and picnic.

Further information about the Enviroschools programme is available at www.boprc.govt.nz/enviroschools

Hard work and collaboration wins Green Gold Award