EfS Resources

Zero Waste in School

We have a focus on reducing waste in schools across Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes. Everyone on the planet has to deal with waste. It’s a fantastic theme to be able to introduce and grow education for sustainability in the classroom.

How can we guide our schools towards zero waste? Let’s start with following the Enviroschools Action Learning Cycle. Have a look at page 17 of your Enviroschools handbook for guiding questions and links to tools to help you solve them.

Identify the current situation with your waste – what is happening? 

During the first few weeks of term start discussions about waste. What waste do you have in the classroom? Where does it come from? How much of it do you have? These are simple questions that can be asked to all students. Record what you find. There is a fantastic teacher pack including audit sheets on the Enviroschools Measuring Change website.

Please remember that Simon is available to support classrooms in person and remotely within the Queenstown Lakes District, your students and teachers can contact him directly with any questions relating to EfS, and in particular waste.

We have made a padlet with some useful zero waste links, why not create your own in class? Add Simon as a contributor and he can answer questions directly on there.

Edible Gardens in School

Edible gardens in schools are AWESOME! They are a fantastic way to teach students about life cycles and observe how they work in a fairly short time span. From growing a seed into a seedling, planting those seedlings into the ground, watering them, watching them grow, talking to your buddies about the amazing growth that’s occurring, harvesting, eating your gorgeous kai and then returning the leftovers to your compost heap to create soil to use in the same process all over again. There are a heap of resources out there, a Google search of Edible Gardening in Schools will return thousands of options. Over time I’ve gathered a few goodies, well I think they are, and now I’ve made them available in a collection on my Google Drive.

Central Otago Early Years Education for Sustainability (COEYES)

The early childhood sector in Central Otago is already delivering lots of education for sustainability. As we investigate funding options to increase our capacity as a team we are doing everything we can to support this sector. With all of the work already happening, there has been an opportunity to pull it all together. A group of dedicated early childhood teachers have attended evening workshops all year. The workshops are open to anyone in the early childhood sector. Please email simon (at) wanakawastebusters.co.nz if you’d like to to find out more.

The Google Drive folder for our clusters can be found here.