The innovative GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program won a NSW Planning for Children and Young People "Commendation Award" at the NSW Planning Institute of Australia Awards Ceremony at Walsh Bay on 13 November. The Award was sponsored by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.
The GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program was developed and piloted in 2011. It uses the GreenWay as an outdoor classroom to introduce kids to sustainability issues, local history and the urban environment. The project was developed by the GreenWay USP in collaboration with the four GreenWay councils, three GreenWay public schools – Kegworth PS, Summer Hill PS and Ashbury PS, and the NSW Dept. Education and Communities. The Program consists of 5 two hour local history and environment walks along the GreenWay and a 130 page teachers workbook full of great sustainability learning resources for use in the class room and outdoors. All the activities are linked to the stage 2 NSW primary schools curriculum. The Program has been accredited by the NSW Teachers Federation and a teacher training module has been prepared by the Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre. See the GreenWay schools website section for more details.