It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.
MCCCC believes a positive, proactive attitude and appreciation of the environment should be fostered from early childhood.
Sustainability is one of five key focus areas in the MCCCC’s strategic plan. We promote a holistic approach to environmental education, which involves
policy, play experiences and strategies for working with children, staff and parents.
MCCCC often participates in workshops and environmental education programs at CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), a not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick. CERES’ proximity to MCCCC’s three centres means our children are regularly able to go on excursions and participate in various educational activities on site.
Click here to view a short video about CERES and MCCCC's involvement with this unique and forward-thinking organisation.
The aim of the MCCCC's sustainability strategy is to embed sustainability within our educational programs and operations across all three sites and engage with both families and the wider community in implementing sustainable practices into our everyday lives.
We aim to:
- Improve environmental outcomes
- Create a safe environment for children, educators, staff and families
- Reduce greenhouse emissions
- Reduce waste going to landfill.
ResourceSmart is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools and early learning centres become more sustainable by reducing their costs and creating real-life learning opportunities.
Schools take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MCCCC aims to be ResourceSmart accredited by 2017 and to become the first five-star ResourceSmart early learning centre.
Actions currently underway include:
- Reducing energy use
- Reducing water use
- Reducing waste and better waste management
- Using only biodegradable products where possible and significantly reducing the use of plastics
- Composting food waste on site
- Switching to green power
- Installing solar panels
- Collaborating with Moreland Council and Positive Charge
- Encouraging parents to ride their bikes, walk, car-pool, or use other more-sustainable alternative to car travel
- Encouraging staff to reduce, re-use, recycle and repair wherever possible
- Ensuring we use environmentally responsible cleaning products
- Modelling and teaching children about recycling
- Being active members of Environmental Education in Early Childhood Victoria (EEEC).