The MGC Sustainability Collective is a group made up of parents, students, staff and wider community members. Its key objective is to achieve the best environmental outcomes for the school and the students at the College. The group works within the frame work of the Australian Sustainable Schools program (AuSSI Vic). It aims to build connections between students and parents and relevant community members. It specifically invites parents and community to come into the school and make a positive contribution to the learning environment of MGC students.
The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is made up of MGC staff, students, parents and community members. Each meeting begins with a student report on recent sustainability events or milestones and works through an agenda raised by members of the community. Typical topics for discussion are energy and water use, minimising waste, promoting biodiversity and engaging the wider community with issues such as climate change. Meetings often involve guest speakers and there is no expectation to attend every meeting. The group also reviews the school Environment Policy and reports to School Council on Sustainability Issues.
A key event run by the Sustainability Collective is the annual Pedal Powered Moonlight cinema. It is typical of the creative and innovative approach Melbourne Girls’ College takes to engaging the community with sustainability issues, by focusing on positive actions students and the wider community can take rather than lecturing about the ‘plight of the environment’. We strive to implement best practice Education for Sustainability and to provide support for our students in their goals to create the most sustainable environment possible. MGC has received numerous awards for its energy and biodiversity campaigns and is currently working with the City of Yarra and the Wurundjeri Council to improve the habitat along the Yarra River corridor by planting indigenous vegetation and targeting noxious weeds. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending working bees or information sessions.