Environment

Melbourne Girls’ College is an award winning sustainable school. We are proud to partner with the City of Yarra in our ambition to be Carbon Neutral by 2020. As the 2015 recipient of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, we received funding to put our plans into action and now boast an interactive PV solar array, pedal and ergo generators, a microhydroturbine, solar powered seal fountain and have a strategy to reduce our energy use to achieve our goal.

MGC’s ZFEP-funded rowing machine project!

Student Environment Team

The Melbourne Girls’ College Student Environment Team is an extra-curricular group who hold the school community to account in terms of environmental sustainability. The team runs many great student-led projects:

  • The annual Student Environment Conference, which typically draws in over 100 students from local secondary schools to workshop environmental issues.
  • Our Traditional Zero-Carbon Pedal-powered Moonlight cinema
  • National Schools Tree Day
  • Clean Up Australia Day
  • Nude Food Day
  • Sustainable Seafood Day
  • Solar powered Earth Hour Concert
  • Zoos Victoria Seal the Loop Action Day
  • Kids Teaching Kids Melbourne Water Environment conferences
  • Ride to school / work days
  • Environment and Climate Reality Weeks

In 2009, The Environment Team inducted our first life-member. Bolo Makemba has become a much loved mascot of the environment team and is actually a mythical exchange student from the African Congo, who was conjured up by staff and students wishing to raise awareness about mobile phone recycling and the devastating effect of coltan mining in Gorilla habitat across Africa. Bolo is an adept drummer and has featured on the Zoos Victoria website playing drums in their “Calling on You” Mobile phone recycling program. Bolo has also met famous ecologist Dr Jane Goodall, hosted Climate Commissioner Professor Flannery and appears regularly at Environment team events. Bolo has more Facebook friends than Mr Vance.

Students who wish to become involved in the MGC Student Environment team, should fill out an on-line application form found on the student environment page on the school intranet or simply contact the college environment captains. The Environment team meet weekly for planning meetings or habitat workshops on the bush tucker garden on the river bank. We are always looking for new members.

Sustainable School Shop

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