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Sustainability learning centre to become a reality for Environment Awards winner

A materials salvage project which took centre stage in this year’s Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence is moving to the next phase with tenders called to build an innovative sustainability learning centre at Mt Nelson.

The Resource Work Cooperative won the Small Business Sustainability Award and the Minister’s Choice Award for recovering nearly 100 per cent of materials from two demolition sites, some of which were destined for the new science and ecology centre.

The multi-million dollar centre will provide hands-on learning experiences for Tasmanian students and will aim to achieve the highest Greenstar rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building will capture and use solar and wind energy, recycled stormwater and sewerage, and will be built from mainly recycled materials including those delivered by the Resource Work Cooperative.

The Cooperative’s award-winning deconstruction project created 14 jobs over three months and its approach to dismantling and re-use is being hailed as a model for other projects.

The sustainability learning centre will focus on science and ecology learning. It will provide Government and non-Government students and the wider community with information and knowledge about sustainability and climate change and provide pathways towards tertiary education and careers in science and ecology.

It is being developed as a partnership between the Department of Education, Greening Australia, the Catholic Education Office, the Association of Independent Schools Tasmania and the CSIRO. It is jointly funded through the Australian Government Local Schools Working Together initiative and Greening Australia.

Greening Australia and the Hobart CSIRO Science Education Centre will be co-located at the new facility, further enhancing learning opportunities through joint programs.