Brentwood Secondary College is the Community Champion award winner in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2021 – Climate action category.
In 2020, Brentwood Secondary College launched their 'Towards Zero Bremissions' initiative aimed at reducing their greenhouse gas emissions from 540 tonnes to zero.
The four-star, ResourceSmart school aimed to have a positive, long-lasting impact on the wider community and align with the Victorian Government's Climate Change Strategy of zero emissions.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the school managed to offset emissions by installing a 68kW solar PV system and planting more than 600 trees in the Mornington Peninsula.
Staff and students participated in a daily quiz on 'Fight for Planet A', an ABC TV series that encourages the community to learn about the solution to climate change. They began diverting food from wastage into compost as part of the Monash City FOGO campaign, whilst initiating a 'Meat Free' Mondays cookbook to promote environmental benefits of meat-free alternatives.
Brentwood also released a video to support the Victorian Government's 'circular economy policy'
Brentwood saw a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 and aims to reach its zero emissions target by 2030.