Schools urged to be ClimateClever

Published on Tuesday 15 May, 2018

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Local schools are being encouraged to be even smarter than usual – by signing up to a new ClimateClever initiative to reduce emissions and utility bills.

Thanks to local government sustainability initiative Switch your thinking, schools in the cities of Gosnells and Armadale, and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, are eligible to receive a 50 per cent subsidy to participate.

ClimateClever is a new data-driven app and program, based on a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program that began in 2016. In addition to producing environmental benefits, early results of the program showed significant financial savings on utility bills.

The program uses a simple, online approach to assist students and staff to collate information from utility bills to measure their carbon footprint. An online Building Audit Tool makes it easy for students to record and understand how their school consumes resources and impacts their overall carbon footprint.

This information is then fed into a Climate Action Plan that will detail how to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and track their progress.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said Switch your thinking's support for schools participating in ClimateClever was a win for students, teachers and the wider community.

“Going to school is all about learning, and now our students can learn how to be ClimateClever, benefit the environment, reduce costs for their schools, and take that knowledge home to their families for the future,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“This program is another great way that Switch your thinking is supporting our local environment and our community.”

Neerigen Brook Primary School in Armadale is the first school in the area to sign up to the program.

“The ClimateClever Initiative is an ideal way for schools and their students to provide community leadership by demonstrating how we can all work together to create a low carbon future,” Curtin Research Fellow and the program’s Managing Director Dr Vanessa Rauland said.

The Switch your thinking subsidy is strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.For more information on ClimateClever or to get your school involved, visit https://www.gosnells.wa.gov.au/About_our_City/Environment/ClimateClever.

Switch your thinking is a local government sustainability initiative developed by the City of Gosnells, in partnership with the City of Armadale and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.