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2011 GREEN TEACHER AWARD VIC WINNER

Epping Views Primary School Teacher Named State’s Greenest

Media Release - 17 May 2011

Jan Hare’s ‘nude food’ promotions, rubbish-free lunch challenge and fresh chook eggs have made her a winner with students and with Clean Up Australia.

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

Jan has organised the students of Epping Views into four action teams, who are responsible for waste, water, energy and biodiversity in the school.

“Jan has engaged students and the local community in sustainable living through education, competitions and whole host of practical initiatives to reduce the school’s footprint,” said Mr Kiernan.

“A big achievement has been the way in which she has encouraged kids – and their parents – to change their behaviours by rethinking everyday decisions. Even actions that can seem small all add up to make a significant difference to health of our planet.”

Mr Kiernan said that educating our children is one of the most important steps we can take for the environment.

“Jan is educating a new generation of environmental ambassadors. The students at Epping Views Primary School are taking their understanding of environmental issues into the wider community, making sure their parents understand the issues as well as they do.”

Colleague Brooke Layton, who nominated Jan, said, “Jan has ensured all students, teachers and the wider community are educated on the importance of reducing waste as well as useful ways to reduce food scraps. All students have taken responsibility for their own waste and know how they can use it effectively.”

Thanks to competition sponsor SANYO, Jan has won a SANYO eneloop prize pack for Epping Views Primary School.

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.

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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Marita Dortins, 0415 385 056

 
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