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Schools

Why should schools TAKE2?

  • You could lower your school’s operating costs.
  • By participating in TAKE2, you can promote your school’s climate change efforts and further improve its reputation.
  • Unchecked, the environmental impact of climate change will affect all areas of life.
  • You can teach children from an early age to live sustainably to reduce climate change.
  • It’s the right thing to do.

How can my school TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to make the TAKE2 pledge.

Then decide what actions your school will take to reduce its emissions. You’ll be able to select listed actions or outline your own ideas as part of the registration process.

Your school may already be committed to sustainability through ResourceSmart Schools. But every school can be part of TAKE2.

If your school is a ResourceSmart School participant it can also:

  • Work through the ResourceSmart Schools framework.
  • Invest the savings from ResourceSmart School activities into greening your infrastructure.
  • Make your school a community hub for sustainability.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your pledge through your TAKE2 website profile as well as through your school’s website and social media channels so your school community knows your school is acting on climate change.

Signing your school up to TAKE2 will help create a cleaner, greener future.

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TAKE2 actions

Below are TAKE2 actions your school can take to combat climate change. This list will help you plan what your school will do to save the planet for the generations to come.

ResourceSmart School participants

  • Work through the ResourceSmart Schools framework
  • Complete another ResourceSmart Schools module
  • Achieve another star rating
  • Encourage families at your school to TAKE2
  • Invest the savings from ResourceSmart School activities into greening your infrastructure
  • Invest the savings from ResourceSmart Schools activities into professional development on sustainability and climate change for your teachers
  • Make your school a community hub for sustainability

Other schools

  • Work through the ResourceSmart Schools framework online
  • Encourage families at your school to TAKE2
  • Arrange professional development on sustainability and climate change for your teachers

What’s next?

You will receive regular updates and tips. You can continue to update your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part.

Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.


Early Childhood Centres

Why should early childhood services TAKE2?

  • It will enhance the children’s wellbeing by nurturing a connection to the environment.
  • You will give the children a solid grounding in lifelong learning about the environment.
  • You could lower your early childhood service’s operating costs.
  • By participating in TAKE2, you can promote your early childhood service’s climate change efforts and further improve its reputation.
  • It’s the right thing to do.

How can my early childhood service TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to make the TAKE2 pledge.

Then decide what actions your early childhood service will take to reduce its emissions. You’ll be able to select listed actions or outline your own ideas as part of the registration process.

Some examples include:

  • Make sustainability, including action on climate change, link to the National Quality Standards (NQS) and part of your curriculum.
  • Invest the savings you make from sustainability (e.g. lower power bills) into training staff to actively support sustainability and climate change.
  • Plant trees to absorb carbon emissions and make your service a more pleasant place to learn and play.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your pledge through your TAKE2 website profile as well as through your early childhood service website and social media channels so your community knows you are acting on climate change.

Signing your centre up to TAKE2 will help create a cleaner, greener future.

TAKE2 actions

Below are TAKE2 actions your centre can take to combat climate change. This list will help you plan what you’ll do to save the planet for the generations to come.

Curriculum

  • Make sustainability, including action on climate change, part of your curriculum
  • Work through the ResourceSmart Schools Core and Energy Modules to make sustainability and climate change part of your curriculum
  • Work through the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS), including standard 3.3, to take action on sustainability and climate change
  • Invest the savings you make from sustainability (e.g. lower power bills) into training staff to actively support sustainability and climate change

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), including standards 3.3 and 7, to support sustainability and action on climate change, promote self-assessment and improve quality
  • Work through the ResourceSmart Schools framework to operate more sustainably and take action on climate change
  • Invest the savings made from sustainability activities into greening our infrastructure

Community

  • Encourage families at your centre to TAKE2
  • Work through the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS), and share your sustainability and climate change actions with families and communities
  • Connect with other services and local government to share your sustainability and climate change actions

Well-being

  • Support and encourage families and staff to walk or cycle to your centre
  • Produce food at your centre and encourage families and the community to join in
  • Plant trees to absorb carbon emissions and make your centre a more pleasant place to learn and play

What’s next?

You will receive regular updates and tips. You can continue to update your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part.

Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.