Eco-efficient Water Usage
- Water efficient handwashing practice – no tap running while rubbing soap.
- Dual Flush toilets
- Rainwater collected and used for garden
- Washing up is stacked and done all together.
- Downstairs bathroom area upgrade being planned, options for rainwater flushing will be reviewed.
Eco-efficient waste reduction
- No-waste and Low waste lunches – parents are encouraged at induction to use re-useable containers, for all parts of lunch, e.g. re-useable lunchbox, refillable pot for yoghurt. Paper bags the next best alternative.
- Nude-food days introduced to remind families about waste reduction
- Fruit and Veg scraps are kept for the kindy worm farm – children participate in adding scraps and using the ‘worm wee’ and castings on the veggie garden
- Children use cups not drink bottles or single use drink bottles. Water is chilled and provided using re-fillable insulated water dispensers. NO ‘poppers,’ cartons or cans of juice or soft drink permitted.
- Children use washable face washers instead of papertowels at lunchtime.
- NB Children used to use their own individual handtowel on their own hook after using the bathroom, regulations have changed and this now causes lots of extra waste and cost for papertowels to be used instead..
Eco-efficient energy use
- Lights off when not in a room, especially when whole group is having outdoor time.
- All fluoro lights have been replaced with T5 tubes and adaptors
- Motion sensor light has been installed at the front of the building for cleaner so that light is not on all night
- Separate light switches have been installed downstairs so that lights are not blocked by garage doors when open
- Lights and office equipment are switched off at the end of the day
- Air-con. used only as last resort necessity, open windows used first.
- Solar panels are installed on the roof. This has reduced our electricity costs
- 450Kw/year fridge has been purchased and used in the kitchen to reduce energy use
- New bicycle/ scooter parking area has been added near front entrance to make it easier for ‘active travel’ to and from Kindy, as there is a secure place to park children’s items.
- Printer kept in sleep mode when not in use.
- SC Kindy has been audited through the Stones Corner Climate Smart Business Cluster (sponsored by the state government) and an action plan has been issued by the co-ordinator. Further energy saving opportunities have been acted upon.
Eco-efficient materials and resources
- All parents are encouraged to bring re-usable items for craft and consumable activity – e.g. 1 side used paper, bottles, cartons, boxes etc for craft and collage activites.
- Clean soft Timber offcuts are collected from tradespeople and used for hammer and nailing activity.
- Confidential paper shreddings have been used for worm farm, chicken bedding and compost adding.
- Office printing is done black and white only, double sided where possible
- Notes to parents are 2-3 per page and split where possible to reduce paper consumption. Notes emailed when applicable
- Many of the role play toys, both indoor and outdoor are second use items such as old kitchen ware, dress ups.
- Small paper re-cycling bin purchased for children to use and learn to sort recyclable materials
Reduction of toxins
- Encouragement of healthy lunch, fruit and snacks, reducing packaging waste and processed food.
- Stones Corner Kindergarten is an active member of the BCC Burnett Swamp Bushcare Group and the children participate in annual group tree planting days to regenerate natural habitat in the local area