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Auckland Council's Sustainable Schools team produce a monthly newsletter showcasing news, events and student learning. Subscribe to stay connected.


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Sustainable Schools

Sustainable Schools

Auckland Council’s Sustainable Schools team supports early childhood centres, schools and youth to foster principles of kaitiakitanga and sustainability through student-led action. Please contact your sustainable schools advisor for more information



Toimata – Enviroschools is a facilitated programme which helps young people design, plan and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. The Enviroschools kaupapa is creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature. The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, intermediate, secondary school and beyond. This video of Sylvia Park School is an example of how students and teachers are embedding sustainable practices in everyday activities. 

Experience Centres

Experience Centres

Experience Centres provide popular curriculum-based learning programmes and are based mainly in Auckland’s Regional Parks. Led by specialist educators and park rangers, the programmes offer hands-on experiences for students, opportunities for young people to connect with nature, and provide teachers with a comprehensive range of resources.



The Travelwise programme makes school travel safer, healthier and more fun. This whole-school programme works with primary, intermediate and secondary schools to encourage the use of active travel modes and public transport. TravelWise schools design individualised Safe School Travel Plans to create safer and less congested roads outside their grounds.  

A popular action is the Walking School Bus. Auckland has more than 350 walking schools buses, with over 4,000 children walking to school. Find out how you can start a walking school bus at your school.

Be inspired by what schools and groups are doing to live lightly

Conservation is part of who I am preview image

"We’ve planted around 65,000 native species, and monitor weta, lizards, birds and water quality."

Read Wendy's story
The conscious consumer preview image

"Your belongings gain emotional value when you care about where they come from and how they were made."

Read Rose's story
Saving power and dollars in winter preview image

"I'm saving around $80 a month on my winter powerbill."

Read Ruchi's story
Growing their own preview image

"Ever since I was little I’ve been aware of the impact of our lifestyle choices for the environment."

Vanessa & Matti
Read Vanessa & Matti's story

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