Birth Of An Idea
Apprentices and Trainees Queensland’s sustainability program is a passion project developed by Board Chairman David Grenfell OAM. The program is built on three core elements The Carbon Neutral Project, Feed Our Future and Community.
The Carbon Neutral Project
The Carbon Neutral Project assists schools and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. The mission is to create and initiate greenhouse gas reduction strategies.
The goal to achieve this is to follow these strategies in schools:
Behavioural change; staff and students take responsibility to reduce energy and water use and reduce waste
Use renewable energy; solar power, wind turbines and purchasing green power
Regenerate (Sequestration); tree planting – trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce carbon (i.e. wood) and oxygen
Feed Our Future
Feed our Future is the second stage of our sustainability program; it is a school-based program encompassing the fourth agricultural revolution. The fourth agricultural revolution refers to the anticipated disruption from technology, artificial intelligence, gene editing and sustainability practices.
In 2020 Australia produced $60 billion worth of Agricultural commodities products.
Feed Our Future program identifies and develops a curriculum that aligns with Vocational Education Training (VET) as a school-based traineeship. Further, as a by-product of the program, the schools will produce an abundance of fresh produce that can be used in the school canteens distributed to school families or those in need in the community. Or the produce could be sold at markets and the proceeds used to enhance The Carbon Neutral Project or Feed Our Future.
There are many and varied benefits to the community as part of the sustainability program. Some of the benefits include:
Improve equity, health and well being
Environmental Sustainability for the community
Improving mental health and well being
Food available to the elderly and disadvantaged in the community
Recycling – food waste to compost – worm farms