Creating kindergarten climate champions
As the president of the Albert Park Kindergarten Committee, Deloitte Consulting’s Rachel Sillett, played a leading role in creating the first carbon neutral kindergarten in Australia.
The six-year Butterfly Project was a joint effort between the City of Port Philip and Albert Park Kindergarten in Melbourne, leading the early-childhood education centre to completely eradicate its carbon footprint.
The kindergarten worked with council to install solar panels, decrease water use by 64%, electricity use by 24%, gas use by 76% and waste by 75%. This enabled it to become Australia’s first carbon neutral certified early childhood education and care service.
Asked what role she played, Rachel said, “As an organisation the Committee and staff were committed to providing the highest standards of early childhood education and making a positive contribution to our community which culminated in a plan to care for our world and each other. We achieved the esteemed Excellent Rating, official certification as Australia’s first carbon neutral early childhood service, and received the Australian Cities Power Partnership Award. All this was made possible through the support of families and community partnerships that continue to enable the kindergarten to strengthen and grow”.