Take-2 Victorias climate challenge pledge

East Melbourne Childcare Cooperative August 2019 to August 2020

Welcome to our TAKE2 profile page

We’re committed to tackling climate change. That’s
why we’ve made the TAKE2 pledge. Check out the
work we’ve been doing to reduce our emissions and
our plans for the future.

Make the TAKE2 pledge and join us in helping keep the
temperature rise under two degrees.

Sustainability Victoria

Our pledge

Powlett Reserve Children’s Centre and Kindergarten has
taken the TAKE2 pledge to help our planet. As an
educational organisation, we are focusing on how we
can combat climate change and create a viable home for
all living beings. We believe that each individual has the
power to make change and create a ripple effect in their
lives. We are creating change at our work places, homes
and as individuals to tackle our environmental issues.
We are working through an array of projects and
commitments with the children. We are learning with
them about how we can work together to create a better
future for generations to come.
We believe that you are never too small to make a
difference. Let’s keep our global temperature under two
degrees:

Our commitments

Our TAKE2 actions

 

Categories Actions Status By When
Community Encourage families at your centre to TAKE2 Doing N/A
Work through the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS)r and share your sustainability and climate change actions with families and communities Doing 13/12/2019
Connect with other services and local government to share your sustainability and climate change actions Will Do N/A
Well-being Support and encourage families and staff to walk or cycle to your centre Will Do N/A
Produce food at your centre and encourage families and the community to join in Will Do N/A
Plant trees to absorb carbon emissions and make your centre a more pleasant place to learn and play Will Do N/A
Centre Implement an environmental management system at your centre, including policy and

action on climate change and sustainability work through the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS)r including standards 3.3 and 7, ta support sustainability and action an climate changer promote selfl assessment and improve quality

Doing 13/12/2019
Work through the ResourceSmart Schools framework to operate more sustainably and take action on climate change Doing 13/12/2019
Invest the savings made from sustainability activities into greening cur infrastructure Doing N/A
Curriculum Make sustainability, including action on climate change, part of doing your curriculum Done N/A
Work through the ResourceSmart Schools Care and Energy Modules to make sustainability and climate change part of your curriculum Will Do 13/12/2019
Work through the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the NatÍonaI Quality Standard including standard 3.3, to take action on sustainability and climate change Doing 13/12/2019
Invest the savings you make from sustainability (e.g. lower power bills) into training staff ta actively support sustainability and climate

change

Will Do

Our Stories

Plastic Free July: At Powlett Reserve we have created our own Plastic Free July challenge. Within the centre, we focused on the following three areas: Minimising our use of plastic toys, reducing single-use plastic in our kitchen and staff will be focusing on using reusable coffee cups, lunch boxes and no single-use plastic.

The families have been challenged to focus on how they reduce their single-use plastic in the following three areas: Individual, home and family/with children.

The three families which have made the most change and document this, will receive hamper filled with amazing plastic free goodies. All of the items in the hamper have been donated by generous and progressive companies, who are focused on combating climate change and the environmental destruction of our planet.

redcycle recyclingREDcycle program: We have created our own soft plastic recycling system through the REDcycle program. The centre and families bring their soft plastic in to put in our bins.

These bins are then taken to Coles/Woolworths by families to appropriately dispose of.

Gardening_program:     We have an established gardening program within the centre.  This  includes a fruit/vegetable/herb garden, composting system,

worm farm and recycled water system.

Zero- waste initiative

As an extension of our pledge, we are currently in the process of our designing our zero-waste initiative. Zero-waste focuses on waste prevention and redesigning our current resource life cycle to ensure all products are reused. Our current goal is to become zero-waste by 2023.

Within this, we will be exploring and evaluating every aspect of our centre. We will be adopting different processes and policies. We will be sourcing our materials, resources, cleaning products, food and beverages from ethical and sustainable companies.

This initiate will become entwined within the educational programs and children will be involved in reaching our target. We aim to include all families, staff and other stakeholders to engage in this.

 

Current projects:

WASTE NINJA: A 100% Australian-owned waste management company focusing on food waste recycling solutions.

We are now working collaboratively with Waste Ninja. Our food waste is collected weekly and taken to an organic recycling facility where it is transformed into organic fertilizer.