Semester 1 Primary Environment Committee members are getting ready to wrap up their duties and hand over the reigns to new students for Semester 2. The keys focus points for the committee and its work this Semester has been waste management and water and energy conservation. We have worked hard as a team to come up with ways in which we can help to make AISHK a ‘Waste Free School.’
Here is a recap of what we have successfully implemented so far this year:
- Introduced waste bins in each Primary classroom where students can recycle metals, waste paper and plastics.
- Educated students about the importance of minimalising waste and helping to reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Added more recycle bins around the school for students and staff to use.
- Met with Mr O’Grady from Chartwell’s and confirmed straws being taken away from the school as well as alternative uses for the current food containers being used.
- Looked into purchasing bamboo straws for students to use rather than plastic ones.
- Aquaponics farm was donated to the school to be used on the Green Roof to grow herbs – we will start to use this in Semester 2
- A successful pre-loved clothing drive where 7 full boxes of clothes and toiletries was donated and sent to HOPE for Cambodia and 10 boxes to Crossroads here in HK.
- We celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour by turning off unnecessary power sources for the day – many classes went to the Green Roof for classes during these days.
AISHK aim is to be committed to promoting sustainability and facilitating a healthy community, healthy economy and healthy environment. Sustainability is a key part of the AISHK Mission to promote the common good and social justice. The School recognises its responsibility to cut its environmental impact and place sustainability into its decision making, teaching and learning and research. Semester 1 Committee members have worked hard at implementing strategies to help reduce AISHK waste and they have done a great job at educating their peers and teachers. We aim to continue the good work in Semester 2 with a bigger focus on biodiversity and making better use of our wonderful Green Roof. Mrs Reed and Mrs Mullan would like to thank all who have been involved this Semester and we look forward to another successful and busy Semester 2 with the Environmental Committee.