Students Actsmart for sustainability and win

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberra students are again showing great initiative when it comes to climate action, with winners of the inaugural Actsmart Carbon Challenge Secondary Schools Competition announced today.

Over 140 student households from 12 secondary schools participated in the Carbon Challenge, collectively saving 170 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Carbon Challenge is an easy-to-use tool designed to help all ACT residents become more sustainable in their daily lives. An interactive web portal, the Challenge helps students transfer these skills to the home, teaching everyone in the family how to make simple changes that can help the environment and save on household energy bills.

With each completed challenge, students earn emission savings for their efforts.

Awards recipients include:

  • Telopea Park School – saved the most carbon emissions from student households completing challenges, saved 78 tonnes
  • St Mary Mackillop College – made the most engaging and informative video about their carbon challenge experience
  • Canberra Grammar School– had the most student households in the school team, with 40 student households signing up.

Winning schools were awarded up to $1,500 in prize money to go towards their sustainability projects.

“When it comes to real climate action, together, we can all make a difference,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“These students are proof positive that Canberra’s young people ‘get’ it – they know that we must act to protect our climate, doing what we can to create a more sustainable future for ourselves, and for the planet.

“This level of enthusiasm is inspiring. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and families that took part,” Mr Rattenbury added.

For more information visit www.actsmart.act.gov.au