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Environmental Sustainability Strategy

School Sustainability Opportunities

Supporting our schools to become more sustainable

We provide a range of support our local schools to help them on their sustainability journeys.

Environmental Educators Network

This network supports teachers and educators in delivering environmental programs or activities within their school. 

Send us an email to find out more and to join our network communications where we discuss issues regarding gardening, sustainable activities, resource sharing, grants, and ideas.

For details on upcoming events visit and like our Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

School grants

Council runs an annual grant program for schools within the City of Parramatta local government area, to assist in increasing student and teacher awareness of environmental issues and engagement in environmental activities.

To find out more details please contact Council’s Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Solar Schools Program

Solar my School is a Council-run initiative helping schools reduce energy bills, educate students and shrink their carbon footprint with solar power.

We provide free independent support and guidance to primary and secondary schools looking to power their buildings with cheap green energy.

We help you every step of the way from start to finish, to make installing solar as simple as possible.

Click here to find out more.

School Waste and Recycling Education Program

Council recognises the importance of working with local schools regarding waste avoidance and resource recovery. The Council’s school waste education programs are in line with curriculum objectives and are available to all schools in the Local Government Area free of charge.

Suez WastED Time Program

Council’s waste collection contractor - Suez, offers an education program for pre-schools, primary schools and high schools. This program focuses on waste and recycling issues and involves school incursions by qualified teachers from waste industry backgrounds.

The program is designed to help the school community be waste-wise while supporting the curriculum outcomes. Areas covered include packaging, recycling, composting and worm farming.

Download the brochure or more details of the program.

To make a booking, contact Ayesha Kashif on 0428 027 233 or email: ayesha.kashif@suez.com.

Clean Seeds Network

This program supports a network of local schools and community groups to collect and share heirloom organic seeds to create a self-sufficient seed bank which decreases the need to purchase commercial seedlings each season.

Through this network, Council provides free seedlings for local primary schools for their food gardens, as well as free training in seed harvesting and storage.

To find out more details or to register please contact Council’s Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Save Power Kits for loan

The Save Power Kits includes power monitoring equipment to help you identify where you are using power and where you can be saving power (and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions).

There are two types of kit you can borrow:

  • Save Power kit contains range of practical tools including a power monitor to work out how much power your appliances are using, an infrared thermometer to check for drafts and a thermometer to test heating and cooling as well as a stopwatch and compass
     
  • Power Mate kit has a single energy meter to measure how much energy your appliances use. It can also tell you how much your electricity costs for each appliance. Even when an appliance is on standby it can draw power, adding extra costs to bills unnecessarily.

Kits are available to adult library members for 1 week and must be returned in person.

Library Branch

Save Power Kit (black box)

PowerMate Kit (white box)

Carlingford

2

2

Constitution Hill

1

2

Dundas

1

1

Epping

2

2

Ermington

1

1

Parramatta

6

6

A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches as part of the NSW Government’s Home Energy Action Program.

Workshops and events

Council offers a range of community workshops and events on topics such as worm farming and composting, green cleaning, going plastic free, growing your own food, and cycle safety and maintenance.

For details on upcoming events visit and like our Liveable Parramatta Facebook page.

Compost Revolution

The Compost Revolution program is a fun way to learn about composting and worm farming from the comfort of your own home.

People from all over Australia are joining the revolution and finding out how to create their own soil and fertiliser while reducing the rubbish they send to landfill.

First step is to complete the quick tutorial to learn about how to use and look after a worm farm or compost bins. Then you can claim your discounted worm farm and compost bin. Council will then approve the order and your items will be delivered to your door within a few weeks.

Click here to find out more.

Garage Sale Trail - 21-22 November 2020

The Garage Sale Trail is a great way to make or save money by buying or selling your pre-loved stuff, whilst also minimising your impact on the planet.

As an Australia wide initiative there are numerous ways to be involved in the Garage Sale Trail both online and in the real world. This year's event looks set to be bigger than ever so expect heaps of money making, treasure hunting and planet saving fun.

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of local council partners across the country and over ten years has grown to a nationwide event which sees over 3.5 million kgs of items sold and saved from landfill.

Every garage sale has a unique style and gets a sale page that provides clues to who's involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. It’s like a treasure map to second hand greatness. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make their own Trail of favourite sales to checkout.

Registrations open September 2020.

Click here to find out more.

Walking and cycling

Council has developed a network of cycleways to support cycling around the City for both commuters and recreational riders. 

There are a range of bushwalks, historic walks and walking pathways within Parramatta. Check out our walking page to plan your next walking adventure. 

Sustainability Awards

The City of Parramatta runs an annual awards program to recognise and celebrate the hard work of individuals and groups who are committed to improving our environment.

It recognises the effort that these champions have put into reducing their own impact on the environment or in helping others to do the same. 

If you or someone you know is passionate about sustainability issues and is actively doing something about it, why not nominate them for our Environmental Citizen of the Year award. Whether their passion is saving energy, growing their own food, avoiding waste, protecting local environments, recycling, or sharing knowledge with others – don’t let their efforts go unnoticed. 

Award nominations for 2019/20 have now closed but nominations for 2020/21 will open in early 2021. 

Downloads

Nomination Form

Terms and Conditions

For more information

Contact the Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

School sustainability opportunities

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We offer opportunities to support our local schools to help them on their sustainability journeys.

Walking and cycling

Council has developed a network of cycleways to support cycling around the City for both commuters and recreational riders.

There are a range of bushwalks, historic walks and walking pathways within Parramatta. Check out our walking page to plan your next walking adventure.

For more information

Contact the Sustainability & Waste Team:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

School sustainability opportunities
  • Compost Revolution

    The Compost Revolution program is a fun way to learn about composting and worm farming from the comfort of your own home.

    People from all over Australia are joining the revolution and finding out how to create their own soil and fertiliser while reducing the rubbish they send to landfill.

    The first step is to complete the quick tutorial to learn about how you can use and look after a worm farm or compost bins. Then you can claim your discounted worm farm and compost bin. Council will then approve the order and your items will be delivered to your door within a few weeks.

    Join the Compost Revolution
    School Waste and Recycling Education Program

    We recognise the importance of working with local schools regarding waste avoidance and resource recovery.

    This program aligns with curriculum objectives and is available to all schools in the Local Government Area (LGA) free of charge.

    Email us to register
    Solar my School

    Solar my School is a Council-run initiative helping schools reduce energy bills, educate students and shrink their carbon footprint with solar power.

    We provide free independent support and guidance to primary and secondary schools looking to power their buildings with cheap green energy.

    We help you every step of the way from start to finish, to make installing solar as simple as possible.

    Find out more on Solar my School
    Suez WastED Time Program

    Council’s waste collection contractor, Suez, offers an education program for pre-schools, primary schools and high schools.

    This program focuses on waste and recycling issues and involves school incursions by qualified teachers from waste industry backgrounds.

    It is designed to help the school community be waste-wise while supporting the curriculum outcomes. Topics include:

    • packaging
    • recycling
    • composting
    • worm farming

    To make a booking contact Ayesha Kashif on 0428 027 233 or ayesha.kashif@suez.com

    Download the WastED Time flyer
  • Clean Seeds Network

    This program supports a network of local schools and community groups to collect and share heirloom organic seeds to create a self-sufficient seed bank which reduces the need to purchase commercial seedlings each season.

    Through this network, Council provides free seedlings for local primary schools for their food gardens, as well as free training in seed harvesting and storage.

    Register for the Clean Seeds Network
    Environmental Educators Network

    This network supports teachers and educators in delivering environmental programs or activities within their school.

    Join our network to receive communications on:

    • gardening
    • sustainable activities
    • resource sharing
    • grants
    • ideas
    Join the Environmental Educators Network
  • School grants

    Council runs an annual grant program for schools within the LGA, to assist in increasing student and teacher awareness of environmental issues and engagement in environmental activities.

  • Sustainability Awards – Environmental Citizen of the Year

    We run an annual awards program to recognise and celebrate the hard work of individuals and groups who are committed to improving our environment.

    The Environmental Citizen of the Year award recognises the effort that these champions have put into reducing their own impact on the environment or in helping others to do the same.

    If you or someone you know is passionate about sustainability issues and is actively doing something about it, you can nominate them for our Environmental Citizen of the Year award.

    Nominations are closed, but will open in early 2021.

  • Workshops and events

    Council offers a range of community workshops and events on topics such as:

    • worm farming and composting
    • green cleaning
    • going plastic free
    • growing your own food
    • cycle safety and maintenance
    Find upcoming events
    Garage Sale Trail, 21-22 November 2020

    The Garage Sale Trail is a great way to make or save money by buying or selling your pre-loved stuff, whilst also minimising your impact on the planet.

    As an Australia wide initiative there are numerous ways to be involved in the Garage Sale Trail both online and in the real world.

    This year's event looks set to be bigger than ever so expect heaps of money making, treasure hunting and planet saving fun.

    Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of local council partners across the country and over ten years has grown to a nationwide event which sees over 3.5 million kilograms of items sold and saved from landfill.

    Every garage sale has a unique style and gets a sale page that provides clues to who's involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. It’s like a treasure map to second hand greatness. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make their own Trail of favourite sales to checkout.

    Registrations open September 2020.

    Find out more about the Garage Sale Trail
  • Save power kits

    This program allows you to borrow a save power kit from our library branches.

    It is part of the NSW Government’s Home Energy Action Program.

    What's in the kit?

    The kits include power monitoring equipment to help you identify where you are:

    • using power
    • can save power (and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions)

    Types of kits

    There are two types of kit to borrow:

    Save Power kit

    This kit contains range of practical tools including:

    • power monitor – to work out how much power your appliances use
    • infrared thermometer to check for drafts
    • thermometer to test heating and cooling
    • stopwatch
    • compass
    Power Mate kit

    This kit has a single energy meter to measure how much energy your appliances use.

    It can also tell you how much your electricity costs for each appliance. Even when an appliance is on standby it can draw power, adding extra costs to bills unnecessarily.

    Kits are available to adult library members for 1 week and must be returned in person.

    Library Branch

    Save Power Kit (black box)

    PowerMate Kit (white box)

    Carlingford

    2

    2

    Constitution Hill

    1

    2

    Dundas

    1

    1

    Epping

    2

    2

    Ermington

    1

    1

    Parramatta

    6

    6

     

For more information

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If you need more information, contact our Sustainability & Waste Team on:

Phone: (02) 9806 8292

Email: enviroed@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au