Sustainability

Developing Environmental Leaders of the Future

In 2007 Huntingtower became part of the “Water Wise School’s” Program and graduated from there into a “Resource Smart School,” a program run with help from Sustainability Victoria. Through that program Huntingtower has undertaken the following water initiatives:

  • Set up a staff Resource Smart Schools Committee.
  • Appointed Student ELF’s (Environmental Leaders of the Future) in the Junior School.
  • Set an Environmental and Sustainability Policy with targeted reductions in the use of water, energy and waste.
  • Set up a system to measure its water use that can be monitored by staff and students. This system helps identify leaks and misuse within the water system as well as improvements.
  • Installed 8 water tanks to collect most of the rainwater that hits our roofs and sports fields.
  • These tanks include 2 major tanks housing 500,000 litres, smaller tanks collecting rain water from our sheds and residential areas and a 2500 litre tank collecting water for our Early Learning Centre for water play and conservation modelling for the 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Purchased a 1000 litre water cart to transfer water to thirsty trees or gardens.
  • Installed 13 rainwater tap points around the grounds to reticulate rainwater to the lawns and gardens.
  • Maintained a heavy mulching programme for garden beds.
  • Removed all mains garden sprinklers and replaced them with timed rainwater dripper systems.
  • Installed 80 flow pressure valve reducers on non essential taps.
  • Installed semi dry urinals in the main boys and male staff toilet and retro fitted dual flush toilets.
  • Introduced water and sustainability modules to the school educational curriculum.

These initiatives mean Huntingtower is on its way to completing the 5 Star Resource Smart Programme.

One of the 8 Rainwater tanks saving water and helping keep the playing fields greener.
With every 50mm of rain nearly 500,000 litres can be collected.

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Rainwater reticulated to taps for hoses and garden drippers

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Garden beds re-layed with subsoil drip lines on timers

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Young Environmental leaders of the future learn the importance of water from the rainwater supplied water feature

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