River School Maleny drives local action on climate change with SCEC

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) has partnered with WA Startup ClimateClever to support the Sunshine Coast community in taking action on climate change, while also helping to reduce household and school utility bills and increase affordability. The River School in Maleny is the first school on the coast to get the innovative app and implement measures in their school to reduce emissions. 

Partnering with ClimateClever is the latest carbon reduction initiative for SCEC that contributes to the broader environmental advocacy work undertaken by SCEC and will be a key tool in addressing climate change on the Sunshine Coast.

Natalie Frost, Coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council said “We are thrilled that the River School is the first school on the coast to get the app and take a holistic approach to reducing carbon emissions. We hope to be working with many other schools across the coast to drive local action on climate change.”

Schools with Sunshine Coast Environment Council receive a 50% discount when joining the ClimateClever Schools program, which provides curriculum resources.

Trudi Cauley of River School Maleny said “The students are excited to take on this real life challenge. It is expected that the students will learn critical thinking skills and feel empowered through the Climate Clever program. Kids will teach their families how to walk the talk in reducing our carbon footprint and saving money. Our River School buildings will be a living laboratory for hands-on-learning, as the student’s measure the school's carbon and environmental impact and develop strategies to reduce tonnes of carbon leaving the school.”

Sunshine Coast Environment Council’s partnership with ClimateClever enables the Sunshine Coast Environment Council households - whether owner-occupied or rented - to access the ClimateClever Homes App at the subsidised rate of just $15 per year (50% off); an investment that will be easily recouped by making simple changes to behaviour.

ClimateClever was also featured in ABC’s three part documentary TV series ‘Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge’, presented by Craig Reucassel (War on Waste).

To find out more about the ClimateClever Initiative, please click here


Year 1 students at River School Maleny excited to take action on climate change. Photo Credit Ketakii Jewson-Brown