PCA National Schools Packaging Design Challenge
This national packaging design challenge (organised by the Packaging Council of Australia - PCA) encourages innovative functional and envrionmnetally friendly approaches to modern packaging and consumer issues. Students from upper primary - year 12 are encouraged to enter. Students and schools can win cash prizes, with the national winners winning a trip to Melbourne to recieve their prize at the 2008 packaging Awards Presentation Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 9 October. Registrations close late April to late May depending on location. View the 2007 winning designs here.
For more information contact Prudence Frost ph: 0396901955 or prudence@pca.org.au
A range of resources are alos availble with information and order forms on their website

Powerhouse museum online auditing tool

Ceres Environment Centre - CERES useful links

Garden for Wildlife this link takes you to the Low Ecological Services website on which you will find two logos. Click the Garden for wildlife one for ideas for town schools, the Land for wildlife section might be more appropriate for bush schools. This is for Central Australia, so sorry Top End folks... apparently Greening Austrlia in the Top End are trying to get something similar happening.

Australian Green Procurement guide

What is the Story of Stuff?

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

Eco House Challenge

Two families, four environmental hotspots, one eco coach and a guy in charge of the challenge ... the Eco House Challenge. .....
Sign in to EnhanceTV to download the eco house challenge study guide free. The DVD is $65.95 and can be purchased online at EnhanceTV.

What would you do if your energy and water supplies were turned off from the mains?
How would you survive if your bins were locked, your vehicles clamped and, without warning, your family was forced to live for 24 hours in an 'eco shutdown'?

On Eco House Challenge two suburban, Australian families are about to find out what it takes to help save the planet. Over several weeks, while still living their normal lives, the families must radically reduce consumption in four eco hot-spots - Energy, Water, Transport and Waste - or face the consequences we all face. Eco House Challenge can be used as a starting point to explore aspects of environmental sustainability at middle-upper secondary levels in: Society and Environment; Environmental Studies; English and Science.

For Darwin primary schools the Cleanaway 'Watch out Waste' program offers six 'lessons'

  • Worlds of waste
  • Materials matter
  • Waste watchers
  • Smart shopping
  • Nature's recyclers
  • Litter everywhere
The program is provided free of charge to Darwin primary schools by Darwin City Council.
See the Cleanaway program Jan08.doc and Brochure 2008a.doc for more information.
Palmerston schools please contact City of Palmerston if you are interested in the program.

Some links from Cathy

Recycled Kitty Litter

Recycled plastic bags and bread bags can be used to make

Shoulder tote bags
make rugs for the bathroom
Sandals, scourers and purses can also be made