NSW’s Tweed Council is taking a pro-active role in encouraging sustainability in their area recognising the importance of management of the environment for social and economic well-being as well as for preservation for the future. On 15 November 2019, they conducted the inaugural ceremony presenting awards to Sustainability Champions. The Sathya Sai College at Murrwillumbah was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for Schools.

The slogan for the College’s submission was – ‘Learning about litter, living life cleaner and making it greener’

The practises implemented at the school that were highlighted are :- Red-bin free school grounds avoiding landfill, creating healthy habits by eating nude food – no packaging, connecting with nature during activities such as outdoor classroom day, weekly gardening activities, developing edible gardens by growing a “Juicy Fruit Patch” and using the 3 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Recycle.

This comprehensive round of initiatives adopted by students, staff and parents has gradually changed the waste management processes and culture of the school community. It has likely flow-on effects to the homes and the community as well as installing a positive sustainability awareness in the students. The success of the program has also been achieved thanks to the support of Eco-Schools, North East Waste and Tweed Shire Council.