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Green tick for latest report

Beaconhills College has launched its latest Green Report which shows significant sustainability achievements for 2021-22.

As the second largest solar-powered school in the state, Beaconhills is well on the road to achieving zero net electricity from the grid by 2025.

More than half of the College’s electricity is already produced by solar. The addition of another 160KW system at the Pakenham Campus will soon bring the combined solar systems across both its Pakenham and Berwick campuses up to 1MW.

Ongoing expansion of the Beacon of Hope Community Garden saw 50 crates of fresh produce donated to charities last year. Future plans include making the garden available for general community use to grow produce.

This year, long-serving teacher Clare Tuohy won Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools Teacher of the Year Award for her outstanding work on the Community Garden and for promoting social and environmental justice.

Beaconhills’ Business Manager David Young said the Green Report illustrated the breadth of the College’s work in actioning a range of sustainability initiatives.

He said at a time when governments were struggling to respond to enormous health and climate issues, Beaconhills had set ambitious targets to lighten its ecological footprint.

“We see so many more opportunities to continue to improve the environment of our College campuses and enhance our community’s knowledge on this critical global issue,” Mr Young said.

Executive Principal Stephen McGinley said the Green Report was another chapter in the College’s ongoing commitment to provide an environmentally sustainable future for its students.

You can read the Green Report here.

Solar panels located on the roof of the Year 9 Centre at Pakenham Campus.