Bentleigh Secondary College is a multi award winning school in sustainability, having received recognition at state, national and international levels over an extended period of time. Bill Thomas will showcase how the college has been able to create opportunities that have resulted in the development of creative learning spaces and outcomes for students. Included in his presentation will be insight into how the projects were funded and project managed. He will also demonstrate how he has been able to use the success of one project to leverage the next.
These projects include the creation of the Moorooboon Wetland (and associated sub-surface irrigation system), the Moorooboon Billabong, an Urban Forest and the state of the art Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre and associated indigenous mural telling the “story of country” as well as others.
Bill Thomas has led the development and installation of many sustainable projects at his college over this time and his efforts have seen the college being recognised at state, national and international levels as an exemplar of best practice in sustainability. He recently led the construction of a purpose built Meditation and Indigenous Culture Centre within the Moorooboon Wetland to support the college Mindfulness Meditation and Positive Education Wellbeing Program. Bill has been personally recognized for his work in many different forums. In 2012 he was awarded United Nations of Australia World Environment Day Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment as well as the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, allowing him to travel extensively through Scandinavia in 2013 researching sustainability education.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx