Coffs Harbour Sustainable Schools Program

The Sustainable Schools Program is funded by Coffs Harbour City Council’s Environmental Levy to coordinate the Coffs Harbour Sustainable Schools Network.

Sustainable Schools Network

The Sustainable Schools Network (SSN) is for all teachers, educators and parents in Coffs Harbour who want to learn and share projects and opportunities for creative and practical environmental activities in their schools, centres and communities.

The network meets once each term to share ideas, learn something new and take a look at the great things happening in local schools, preschools and childcare centres.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainable Schools Network email list to receive notifications for upcoming meetings please email Council's Sustainable Living Programs Officer, elisabeth.nicolson@chcc.nsw.gov.au

Mad Green Grants Program now closed

The annual Mad Green Grants program provided financial support to Coffs Harbour schools, pre-schools and early learning centres to undertake projects that made a difference to their local environment and community.

Funded projects engaged young people in behaviour change activities in their schools, preschools or centres, building knowledge and awareness about how to value and protect the local environment.

Successful projects met a number of critical environmental needs in our LGA such as:

  • Climate change mitigation & adaptation
  • Protecting and restoring the biodiversity of Coffs Harbour
  • Reducing storm water pollution, thus protecting our waterways and beaches
  • Managing our water resources
  • Reducing waste to landfill by improving and increasing recycling and composting.

Since 2007 15,362 students were directly engaged in environmental education activities and projects.

Teachers, students and families from across the Coffs Harbour LGA have been responsible for the establishment of vegetable gardens, sensory gardens and bush tucker gardens; bush revegetation and regeneration and habitat restoration including micro habitats. Tonnes of waste have been diverted from landfill through waste education projects and the establishment of green waste collection and composting systems across our education facilities in Coffs Harbour.

It is estimated that combined the 158 projects planted, installed, established or extended

  • 3000+ trees, shrubs and seedlings
  • 40+ nesting boxes
  • 5 rain water tanks
  • 65 compost systems
  • 40 bush tucker trails
  • 60 vegetable gardens
  • Diverted 22,000+ tonnes of waste from landfill.

For ideas and opportunities for delivering a project in your school or centre, please join the Sustainable Schools Network.

For information about the program please contact the Sustainable Living Program Officer: elisabeth.nicolson@chcc.nsw.gov.au