In the morning we arrived at Crown Street Public School around 10:30ish. We met the principal John Croker when we first arrived. We then learned about how the elementary (primary) school integrated sustainability into their curriculum from a teacher named Jeremy. Somethings that the school has done to teach about sustainability is they have a garden that the students planted and manage and they then take the food that the garden produces and cooks food for their class to eat. Another program they have is HSIE- Human society in their environment. The program teaches them about their local government, the global environment, and about current issues. They have a specialty unit every term of the school year and this term the unit is on electricity, they are doing this activity that is called Watch Our Watts. The activity teaches the kids about how much electricity the use and how to save energy.
We then went on a tour of the school with Peter. We got to see the playgrounds and were their garden is. On one of the buildings they have a solar panel on the roof that powers the water pump for the school. They school also has rain tanks to collect rain water. Peter told us that because the school was built so long ago and has historic value they are not allowed to alter it too much.
After the tour we split up into to groups and went into two different classrooms and went into two classrooms. While in the classrooms we watched a short film on Bangladesh and sustainability with the students. When the video was over we filled out a sheet on sustainability with the students. While filling the sheet out we showed the kids some American Money and the kids were fascinated. Over all the students enjoyed our visit with them.
Later on in the day at 3:30 we went over to Parsons Brickerhoff, an American owned company. Parsons Brickerhoff is a global company that employes 18,000 workers all over the world. One project that the Sydney branch is working on, that we got a presentation on is the transportation of CO2. CO2 can be transported by three ways by railway, pipelines, and by truck. All of these options have their advantages and their disadvantages. Trucking is the cheapest mode of transportation but it gives off the most CO2. Pipelines gives off the least amount of CO2 but it is very expensive to build the pipelines. The company is trying to figure out what the best for Australia to transport their CO2 to other places in the most sustainable way.