Rethinking Sustainability

School Sustainability Challenge

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In partnership with the Newcastle Jets, the School Sustainability Challenge is a pilot program designed to promote sustainable thinking in younger generations.

Over 200 students from six Newcastle primary schools are putting their heads together to solve some of the toughest environmental problems right in their own schools. 

Students and teachers from participating schools each had a lesson on sustainability, learning about the ways in which they can reduce energy and water consumption and minimise waste, both in their school and at home.

What is the challenge?

As part of the School Sustainability Challenge, they have one month to identify real-life water, waste or energy issues in the school environment, come up with a plan to tackle these issues and test their ideas.

Selecting the winner

The projects will judged by the Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna, Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes and Veolia Australia and New Zealand’s CEO, Doug Dean.


The entry which best fulfils the project’s criteria on process, measurement and scalability will be selected as the winner.

The winning class will enjoy a money-can’t-buy prize courtesy of the Newcastle Jets, where they’ll get to meet the team and go on a behind the scenes tour! They’ll also win a $5,000 grant from Veolia to put towards their sustainable idea.

Participating schools:

  • St James Primary School

  • Bishop Tyrell Anglican School

  • Plattsburg Public School

  • Edgeworth Public School

  • Waratah Public School

  • New Lambton South Public School

Project submissions

Coming soon!

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