Waite Campus Childrens Centre Solar
The WCCC is a recognised sustainability leader in the early education and care sector.
Kaarin Wilkinson, Director of the Waite Campus Childrens Centre believes that "we have a role in educating, not only the children and families who attend our service, but the broader Waite Campus, the University as a whole, and the community."
Having implemented a number of sustainability projects to reduce its environmental footprint, such as LED lights, rain water harvesting and reuse, organic recycling and carbon offsetting, the Centre uses these projects as learning tools for children and has a focus on education for sustainability.
The centre has used Green Project Funding to install an energy efficient cooling system, water saving taps and upgrade their existing solar system. Solar now provides around 80% of the Centre’s electricity needs.
The Centre has been awarded for their sustainability efforts including receiving the 2011 NRM Education Award for ‘most outstanding site’ for their education for sustainability approach, and the 2011 Native Garden Award for Pilyabilyangga (The Butterfly Place), a garden with more than 1,000 indigenous butterfly-attracting plants.