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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson


    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, May 13, 2010


    A website which will allow schools to measure, monitor and reduce their resource use was launched today at Bulimba State School by Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson.

    Mr Wilson said the Sustainable Schools website would benefit an initial 300 designated Earth Smart Science schools and be rolled out to 1000 schools over three years.

    “This is a direct outcome of the Bligh Government’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of schools and increasing the environmental awareness and knowledge of students,” Mr Wilson said.

    “We have designated 2010 the Year of Environmental Sustainability, with themes of energy efficiency, waste minimisation, biodiversity improvement and water conservation.”

    Mr Wilson said Bulimba State School Principal Michael Zeuschner had been appointed Year of Environmental Sustainability Principal Champion for the department.

    Mr Zeuschner will visit Queensland regions promoting the sustainable schools message and the Queensland Government’s Toward Q2 target of a ‘green’ state.

    “Education Queensland already supports schools in the reduction of their ecological footprint including through the $60 million Solar and Energy Efficiency in Schools program and the $5.8 million Earth Smart Science schools program.

    “The Earth Smart Science program for state primary schools aims to reduce schools' ecological footprints through the development and implementation of school environmental management plans,” Mr Wilson said.

    “The implementation and monitoring of these plans encourages a whole-of-school approach to wisely managing school resources and focuses on waste minimisation, water conservation, energy efficiency and biodiversity improvements.”

    The Queensland Sustainable Schools website is at It has been developed as a partnership project with the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts through the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative.

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    May 13, 2010