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Coffs Harbour Sustainable Schools

Coffs Harbour Sustainable Schools program aims to raise environmental awareness amongst students and teachers at pre-schools and child care centres, as well as primary and high school in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area. The program includes the Sustainable Schools Network and grants program - MAD Green Grants.

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.

Last year at our gatherings students taught us how to make beeswax wraps, we learnt about beekeeping and bikes, we made damper in the Wawa Gull bush playground and strolled through bountiful school gardens.

Facilitated by Coffs Harbour City Council, 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. Importantly it's fun, friendly and there is always a cuppa and refreshments. 

Download a copy of the Sustainable Schools Factsheet here.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainable Schools list to be notified of upcoming meetings please email Council's Sustainable Living Programs Officer or call 02 6648 4643.

MAD Green Grants

Successful applicants for the 2019 MAD Green Grants grant program have now be notified.

About MAD Green Grants

The annual grants program provides financial support to Coffs Harbour schools, preschools and early learning centres to undertake projects that make a difference to their local environment and community.

MAD Green Grants is an outcome focused grants program of up to $2000 to build capacity and deliver positive environmental outcomes. This year schools, preschools and early learning centres in the Coffs Harbour LGA are encouraged to apply for projects focusing on target sustainability themes including:

  • Revegetation and biodiversity
  • Waste management (including marine debris)
  • Local food production
  • Water management
  • Climate change.

Successful projects will:

  • Engage young people in behaviour change projects in their schools, preschools and early learning centres
  • Build knowledge, practices and awareness about how to value and protect the local environment
  • Incorporate a before and after survey that shows how the project will make a difference. Download the biodiversity, waste or water meter reading survey.

This project meets a number of critical environmental needs in our LGA such as:

  • Protecting the biodiversity of Coffs Harbour
  • Reducing storm water pollution, thus protecting our waterways and beaches
  • Mitigating against climate change
  • Reducing demand on local rivers for our water supply
  • Reducing waste to landfill by improving and increasing recycling and composting.

MAD Green Grants provides added value by building the capacity of the community through students, teachers, parents and school committees such as Parents and Friends, Parents and Citizens, and School Environment committees.

Last year, 14 schools received grants totalling over $21,000. The projects they undertook included creating native bush tucker gardens, school wide recycling programs and plastics pollution education, establishing native bee hives and creating habitat for native wildlife.