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2011 GREEN TEACHER AWARD WA WINNER

Ellenbrook Secondary College Teacher Named State’s Greenest

Media Release - 17 May 2011

Faced with the challenge of a large school with a high waste footprint, Ellenbrook Secondary College’s Melita Harmer has undertaken practical steps to create positive environmental outcomes in her school community.

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

Melita set out to revolutionise the way her school thought about waste. “I think our schools biggest downfall is the lack of recycling programs in place for paper and office supplies – especially considering we are so large,” she said.
 
Following an awareness campaign on the importance of recycling, she has worked with other teachers to introduce paper recycling to every classroom, as well as setting up facilities to recycle mobile phones and printer cartridges. She ahs also facilitated a peer-to-peer campaign to reduce litter in the school environment.     

“The trickle-down effect of this kind of initiative can’t be underestimated,” said Mr Kiernan. “Melita is educating a new generation of environmental ambassadors. The students at Ellenbrook are taking their understanding of environmental issues into the wider community, making sure their parents understand the issues as well as they do.”

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.

Thanks to competition sponsor SANYO, Melita has won a SANYO eneloop prize pack for Ellenbrook Secondary College.

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.


Further information:
Marita Dortins, 0415 385 056

 
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