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Published: Friday 12 February 2021

"The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world"

More than 280 Auckland schools are on an Enviroschools sustainability journey to explore and act for our environment.

These early childhood centres and schools connect with the environment, then plan, design and take local action in collaboration with their communities.

Enviroschools Regional Coordinator Marisa Pene says, “Enviroschools is a long-term holistic sustainability kaupapa that fosters our reconnection through place with Taiao, and with each other. It takes the view ‘He Oranga Taiao, He Oranga Tangata’ – in fostering the wellbeing of our environment, our own wellbeing flourishes.

The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through learning and taking action together.”

Major gains for zero waste to landfill

Through the Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund, Auckland Council has helped 66 schools with grants to help them get composting. The worm bins are especially grateful for the leftover veggies and banana peels in school lunches.  

More than 20 East Auckland schools kept 47,159 kg of waste out of landfills last year by engaging students, staff, and community members to implement zero waste solutions.

This year, they want to improve by an additional 40 per cent.

Enviroschool Infographic

Reach beyond the schoolyard 

The Enviroschools programme encourages the school communities to think about the environment outside of the school campus, too. They’ve created some clever challenges to improve biodiversity across Auckland

Read more on Our Auckland.