Schools are involved in purchasing a wide variety of products and services including classroom resources, food items for canteens, equipment and furniture and building maintenance supplies. Decisions associated with these purchases can have a significant environmental impact.
By addressing the school's purchasing policies and practices through AuSSI, students can be involved in the broader management of their school, feel empowered to lead and create change and find creative ways to improve their school's environmental impact. For example, schools may decide to implement environmentally friendly purchasing policies or a regular waste free lunch day.
Sustainable purchasing can be incorporated into a range of curriculum areas including mathematics, science and social studies.
The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) seeks to support schools and their communities to become sustainable