Sustainability

 “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes every-one, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all." (Pope Francis, par 14, Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' Of The Holy Father Francison Care For Our Common Home, 24 May, 2015). 

Stewardship is a key element of the spirituality of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and is embedded in the Brisbane Catholic Education Guidelines for the Religious Life of the School and BCE Strategic Plan 2017-2020.  

Care for the environment in which the college is located is a critical strategy motivated by this ministry of stewardship. 

Through personal conversion and Catholic Social Teaching: 

We Teach by  
Encouraging and supporting Eco-Literacy within learning and teaching programs and professional learning 

We Challenge by  
Em​bedding and aligning the principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship within renewal processes 

We Transform by  
Promoting personal and communal ecological conversion and establishing community partnerships 

 
The college approach will take steps to endeavour to: 

  1. create a climate for change 
  2. engage and enable the whole community, and  
  3. implement and sustain the transformation. 
Over time, the college may develop a School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP). The SEMP would flow from the college's Vision Statement and from the formation of a Sustainability Steering Committee. It would be the on-going task of this group to map the progress of the integration of the college's sustainability goals in the areas of the Learning Processes, Ethical Resource Use, Grounds Care, Community Relationships, Spiritual and Religious Practices. It is a management tool for implementing the values and beliefs of the college, for putting into effect the college's Ecological Sustainability Policy. 

 

These endeavours will include planning for the following: 

 
Water: Rainwater to be harvested for use in toilets, gardens and permaculture programs.  On site stormwater management would be an occasion for the college to understand the impact it has on its catchment from gross pollutants, turbidity, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and e coli. The college's SEMP could address how the college can minimise these.  

Energy: Energy efficient appliances are to be purchased and maintained into the future. The college's SEMP could address how it uses energy whether that is electricity or gas or even wind or solar generated electricity over time. The college could benefit from accessing grants where available to support installation of solar systems. 

Waste: Planning for secure waste bins and a community health and well-being program that minimises wrappings will in turn minimise scavenger wildlife and animals and encourage more native wildlife on the college site. These waste bins could be themed according to recycling materials as part of a whole of college approach to managing waste systems. 

Greening and Biodiversity: A vegetation / landscaping plan should be developed in concert with the master planning process to ensure native trees, bushes, and groundcovers are maximised and exotic species limited to ensure increased bio-diversity of bird and insect life. In time the college SEMP would further the planting for biodiversity started in Stage One.  ​

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