School builds on reputation for being green

Principal Geri Hardy, Water Corporation manager customer engagement Karen Willis, MP Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and carbon neutral program director Kathy Anketell watching Year 9 student Kadin Anketell-Walker try out the bike fountain. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d403214
Principal Geri Hardy, Water Corporation manager customer engagement Karen Willis, MP Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and carbon neutral program director Kathy Anketell watching Year 9 student Kadin Anketell-Walker try out the bike fountain. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d403214

Following on from being named Australia’s first carbon neutral school, the program allows teachers to educate students about the need to value, protect and conserve local water sources.

The school celebrated the recognition last Monday with an assembly to unveil a bike fountain, designed by Murdoch University students.

The fountain works by connecting a bike and riding it, which starts four water jets which recaptures and reuses the water. There are applications for physical education, physics and maths while encouraging bike riding.

South Fremantle SHS carbon neutral program director Kathy Anketell said the school was thrilled to add the accreditation to its list of carbon and water reduction strategies.

‘Water education needs to run through school programs from Year 1 to 12,’ she said.

‘Messages that are taught at primary school need to be reinforced at high school. Clean water is a scarce resource and in the developing world and WA, most of our water is produced from desalination which has a huge carbon footprint.’

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