Tenison Woods College has been recognised as one of South Australia’s climate change action leaders. Teacher Tom Linnell won the top award for his innovative work in education at the Premier’s Climate Change Council celebration.
Mr Linnell won $10,000 for empowering his students to deliver innovative emissions reduction projects linked to learning outcomes. The college has set targets to be off grid by 2030 and zero waste by 2025, thanks to the work of Mr Linnell, his students and the school board.
A number of projects have been initiated to achieve these targets, including an industrial green waste composter, e-waste reuse market and a student managed plastic recycling enterprise.
Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said Mr Linnell was a great example of how an individual can lead by example and create positive change. “Mr Linnell’s achievement in combining practical action and education to tackle climate change and prepare students for the jobs of the future is inspiring,” he said.