St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw may be Townsville’s newest school but it is also Townsville’s greenest school. The school embraces sustainable practices for the natural and built environment, nurturing a love for creation and stewardship. St Benedict’s Catholic School and Townsville Catholic education are aiming for a Green Star rating of 5.
A Green Star is Australia's trusted mark of quality for the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings, fit-outs and communities. The Green Star performance assess the buildings operations against nine sustainability categories including; management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, materials, emissions, innovation and land use and ecology.
“We are aiming for a 5 Green Star rating in the design of St Benedict's Catholic School, which will minimize the environmental footprint and build a better future for all of us. To our knowledge, we are actually the only self-funded green-star school in Australia – it was a big decision, but the right decision. We are very proud to be good stewards of God’s creation,” says Ross Horner, Director of Leadership and Development for Townsville Catholic Education.
St Benedict’s Catholic School boasts sustainable travel allowances with bike paths, showers, lockers and bike racks for students and teachers to encourage them to ride to school if possible. The school is also built to be water and power conscious and features a highly energy efficient air-conditioning system. All tree’s that were cleared during construction remained on site, and were re-used as mulch in the gardens.
St Benedict’s Principal, Penny Collins says that the schools’ sustainability has proven a great tool in teaching the students about the environment and how important it is to look after it.