The College has a sustainability committee that meets each term. This group consists of interested staff and students from across the College who meet to discuss ways the College can become more sustainable and to put into place strategies for these improvements.

We welcome Ruby Meegan as the Sustainability Captain and member of the sustainability committee for 2015. Ruby brings a huge amount of enthusiasm to the role and will provide leadership to the student body and wider community on sustainable practices.

An old man walking along the beach at sunrise came upon a young man sifting through the debris left by the night's tide. Every now and then, he would pick up a starfish and fling it back to the sea. The old man asked him the purpose of his efforts.
"The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach. They will die unless I throw them back."
The old man looked around at the miles of beach.
"There are more starfish than you could ever save. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference."
The young man bent to pick up another starfish. As he sent the starfish sailing back to the water, he said to the old man, "I can make a difference to this one."

Many small actions by lots of people add up to make a big difference to our environment. Have you thought about making a New Year's resolution for the environment? Or consider choosing one change and then make that change until it becomes a habit and then choose another. This year the Sustainability section of the newsletter will contain each week a sustainability tip or idea for discussion with your family. Here are some ideas to get started.

Green tip:

  • Walk, cycle, carpool or take public transport once this week where you would usually drive a car
  • Switch off the light as you leave a room at night
  • Give the clothes dryer a rest this weekend and use the clothes line or a clothes rack instead

You can make a difference every day!

Neil van Herk
Sustainability Coordinator