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2011 GREEN TEACHER AWARD NSW WINNER

Blakehurst High School Teacher Named State’s Greenest

Media Release - 17 May 2011

Blakehurst High School’s Raquel Spratt is leading students in a blitz on excess energy and water consumption, earning her the title of NSW’s greenest teacher.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO today announced Raquel had been awarded the top honour in the 2011 Clean Up Australia Green Teacher Awards for NSW.

“Led by Raquel, the students at Blakehurst have been able to achieve amazing outcomes – they have conducted a full audit of their school’s energy and water consumption, and have taken some very impressive measures to reduce their footprint,” said Mr Kiernan.

“The school has installed solar panels, spring loaded taps and dual flush toilets. Bubblers and re-usable water bottles have been introduced to reduce reliance on bottled water, and recycling and compost bins are being trialled.”

Clean Up Australia introduced the Green Teacher Award to recognise teachers who have been a positive influence on students by carrying out environmental projects within their school community.

Mr Kiernan said he’s most impressed by the extent to which Raquel has inspired the school community. “Everyone has supported Raquel’s initiatives – she has motivated fellow teachers, students and parents alike. In particular, we were impressed by the way she has enabled students to drive the project.”

Colleague Rebecca Turnbull, who nominated Raquel, said “Raquel is at the forefront of environment change at Blakehurst High School. She has been the pivotal point in the initiative allowing students gain wider support from student groups, parents and the wider community.”

Thanks to competition sponsor SANYO, Raquel has won a SANYO eneloop prize pack for Blakehurst High School.

Details of the national Green Teacher and other state’s winners can be found at http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/LiveGreener/2011-green-teacher-award.html

Mr Kiernan congratulated all teachers who took part in Clean Up Australia Day 2011 and said he looked forward to working with the new generations of teachers and students in future years.



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