Hayman Island State School next in line for Reef Guardian Award

Published: 24/11/2011

Hayman Island State School is one of ten Reef Guardian Schools throughout the state that are being rewarded for their commitment to keeping the Great Barrier Reef healthy through environmental initiatives undertaken in the past year.

The school will be presented with a Reef Guardian School Annual Award of $1000 tomorrow, as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Schools program.

Reef Guardian Acting Director Nathan Walker said the school would receive the "R-Amp it Down Award" for reducing their energy use.

"The students introduced power saving methods at the school by recording when and where they use the most energy, so that they could make informed decisions on their energy saving project," Mr Walker said.

"They researched a number of methods – such as physical processes like switching off lights – and the effectiveness of these methods to reduce energy use."

Reef Guardian Schools are located throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment and each undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef's health and resilience.

Through these activities students learn about the connections between the land and the Reef and the role they can play in looking after it.

There are currently 279 schools and over 110,000 students involved in the Reef Guardian Schools program, which is now in its ninth year.

All Reef Guardian Schools manage their own resources (energy, waste, water and biodiversity), and educate their friends, families and communities about the difference we can all make by 'working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow'.


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