Our commitment to our Earth
Petrie Terrace is committed to sustainability now and for the future of our society. We support sustainability through many initiatives throughout the school - enough for all forever.
School Environmental Management Plan
Our School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) guides our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and resource management. Water, electricity and waste management are reviewed and regular improvement targets set.
Composting and worm farms
At break times, students have the option to place their compostable food scraps into the coloured bins for transfer to the Worm Habitats. The 'Worm Juice' is used on our gardens throughout the school, providing excellent nutrients.
Our school has 2 large solar panel systems connected to the grid - a 4KW Inverter with 22 x 180Watt Panels and a 2.6KW Inverter with 32 x 88Watt Panels to offset our energy consumption and carbon emissions (A new system has been installed - details to follow- 2022). The panels, temperature, energy consumption, generation and carbon offset can be monitored from the Solar Schools website.
All of our lights have energy efficient fluorescent tubes. Lights have been retrofitted with T5 tubes and retrofit kits. Our Hall has automated energy saving lighting features. All external security lighting is on a timer. Mini solar powered garden lights are now in the Moreton Street entrance garden and Back Playground..
We have 2 x 15,000 litre water tanks underneath our Hall that is utilised for the Hall Toilet Systems and connected pressurised Tank Taps.
We have 6 x 3,000 litre water tanks throughout the campus that use gravity feed taps to supply students with water for the classroom gardens.
Classrooms have coloured and visually labelled recycling and general waste bins for students to actively engage in discerning between recyclables and general refuse.
All school rubbish and waste is then sorted into the Brisbane City Council Standard Waste and Large Yellow Recycling Bins.
We also have Brisbane City Council Green Waste Bins to make sure all our pruning, mowing and garden waste doesn’t end up as landfill.