As a ResourceSmart School, EPS has committed to embedding sustainability into everything we do. By taking sustainability seriously, not only we can reduce our costs, such as energy and water bills, we can ensure that our students learn how to take care of the world we live in.
At EPS we aim to raise awareness, model behaviours and take action for a sustainable future.
To achieve five star certification EPS needs to complete five modules (Core, Energy, Water, Waste and Biodiversity).
Leadership: the Green Team
EPS encourages students to take a leadership role in sustainability. Each year students are invited to nominate themselves to become a member of the EPS Green Team.
Stewards of Elster Creek
In 2014, the Green Team had the privilege of being asked to become stewards of Elster Creek by Aunty Carolyn Briggs, Elder and Director of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.
EPS Green Space
If you head along the canal that runs next to EPS, you will come across our feathered friends: the chooks! The chicken coop is the most popular feature of the school’s ‘Green Space project’ – which includes an orchard as well as our much-loved chooks. The orchard is home to more than 30 varieties of fruit trees, including apples, lemons, pears, peaches, oranges, nectarines and even cherries.
The chooks and fruit trees give EPS students a practical way of learning about life cycles, the seasons, food sources, renewable energy and more.
The after school care ‘OSH Club’ put the chooks to bed and manage holiday care. On weekends, the EPS community help to look after the chooks.