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Victorian Schoolkids Become Water Champions

22 October 2015

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville today visited the Collingwood Children’s Farm to launch Environmental Project Day at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference.

The Kids Teaching Kids Conference is a two-day program of activities for Melbourne and regional Victorian schools to learn more about water related topics such as Victoria’s catchments, waterway health, agriculture, water sensitive infrastructure design, and to discover how we manage our natural resources into the future.

Over 400 students from all across Victoria will come together to share stories about their environment and participate in hands-on activities which will further their understanding of water issues, food supply and river health.

The conference builds on the work already done through the ResourceSmart Schools program, which helps Victorian schools minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

This year, the Andrews Labor Government committed $1 million towards supporting and building sustainability education networks across Victoria to encourage ResourceSmart Schools to use less energy, produce less waste and increase vegetation in school grounds.

For a full list of participating schools and their achievements at the 2015 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference, visit www.kidsteachingkids.com.auExternal Link

For more details on ResourceSmart Schools, visit www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville

“This is a fun and enjoyable way for students to be inspired and inspire others to learn and care for our important waterways.”

“The initiative provides practical support to schools and their communities to learn to live and work more sustainably through guidance, support, systems, expert knowledge and resources tailored according to the school’s needs.

“It also encourages students to be proactive and take the lead in making their community more environmentally sustainable.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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