As part of Tikkun Olam, Emanuel has several projects aimed at lowering the School’s environmental footprint and educating our future leaders about how to responsibly interact with our environment.
We have two vegetable gardens that are used to support teaching and learning and are tended by students and some volunteer parents.
The skills and knowledge that our students develop through these activities help students to better understand the food chain, and value the food that we eat. Food from our gardens is used in the canteen.
Waste and Recycling
- Recycling bins are in place throughout the campus. Recycling stations in our classrooms has been a focus. This has been followed up with intensive and ongoing information regarding the separation of items for recycling.
- Food scraps are also collected for composting and worm farming
- Soft plastics are collected and recycled through the Red Cycling program
- The Primary Green Team runs a ‘Waste Free Wednesday’ where children and their families are encouraged to pack a lunch that doesn’t include disposable packaging.
Our students are participating in an exciting Design Thinking project to help students devise a way to support families to pack waste free lunches every day of the week, to limit our contribution the plastics problem. Engaging in this process helps our environmentally-minded students to confront and work through this challenging global issue in an authentic way.
Solar Photovoltaic Systems
1. Adler Building: The Adler Building has a 2.5kW installation that was fitted in 2008. Since that time it has generated 25.57MW/Hrs of electricity.
2. Lehrer Family Building Multi-Purpose Hall: The MPH has a 5.54kW system installed as part of The National Solar Schools Program. It is on the northern roof of the MPH. You can view electricity output data here
The solar panels on the MPH were installed as a way of compensating for the installation of air-conditioning in this area. We are exploring options to increase our capacity of photovoltaics system to close to 100kW in the next few years once funding becomes available.