19 May 2014 — Twenty one schools across Australia have been awarded grants of up to $2000 each from Teachers Mutual Bank’s Environment Fund.

Diverse projects include a garden with access for students in wheelchairs, indigenous sensory garden, creating a native bee habitat, a kitchen garden for refugee students, a coral farm, a worm farm, a chook run, a student garden club and a creek rehabilitation scheme.

The 21 winning schools comprise a total of 880 teachers and 8870 students.

The Teachers Environment Fund is a grant that provides schools, TAFEs and CITs with up to $2000 to help with their environmental projects.

“We believe teaching sustainability is as important as practicing it,” said Teachers Mutual chief executive Steve James. “Through the Teachers Environment Fund, we are helping teachers bring their sustainability projects to life.

“We want the next generation to live in a better world. So we invest in social and environmental programs that help create positive change now for a better tomorrow.”

Since launching in March 2008 the program has provided $344,000 of eco-grants to 125 schools.