23 March 2011 – Williamstown High School in Melbourne Victoria has become the first high school in the State to receive a 5 star, Green Star – Education PILOT certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australian for excellence in environmentally sustainable design.
According to GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew, international research has confirmed that green schools reduce operational costs, deliver better education outcomes for students and improve teacher retention.
“One review of green schools in the United States found good lighting and ventilation alone
could lead to a 41.5 per cent improvement in the health of students and teachers, up to 15 per cent improvement in student learning and up to 25 per cent improvement on test scores,” Ms Madew said.
Designed by Spowers Architects, the Bayview Street campus consists of 5300 square metres of new buildings and caters for 750 students in years seven to nine as well as 75 staff.