Zero Emissions Schools

Inspire and educate the next generation by modelling sustainability at school.

We help schools save money, reduce emissions, install solar and embrace climate solutions

We’ve created a suite of resources to help schools across Australia to get solar and become more sustainable, including case studies and downloadable guides, all free for your school to download and use. Let us know if you’d like to be a featured case study!

Mosman Public School

  • Saving $8,500 p.a. with a 50kW solar system
  • Worm farm and compost heap
  • Veggie patch and more!

NBSC Manly Campus

  • Saving $10,000 p.a. with a 60 kW solar system
  • Aim to be carbon neutral by 2025
  • Native plants, water tanks and more!

Set a benchmark

What is your school’s footprint?

ClimateClever provides an app for schools to calculate their carbon footprint, track annual emissions, learn how to reduce their carbon footprint and compare results with other schools. The app is available discounted or free to schools in Mosman, the Northern Beaches and Lane Cove via local council partnerships. Get in touch with your local council for more information.

Install solar at your school

Large schools can save around $114,000 p.a. and small schools $12,700 pa. This free council-run program supports schools from start to finish.

Source: Beyond Zero Emissions ‘Million Jobs Plan

Encourage active transport

Walk. Ride. Skate or Cycle. It’s healthy and will help cut 30% of local emissions caused by transport.

Northern Beaches Council, Kinesis Report, June 2018

Create a worm farm & compost

Using school food waste reduces methane, which is 28x more damaging than CO2. Check out local council programs:

Rev up your recycling

Be inspired by this interview with Sydney North local plastic-free Sophia and join the annual recycling challenge with Planet Ark.

School sustainability program downloads

Forming a Sustainability Team

Use our step-by-step guide to get started.


Sample School Sustainability Vision

Writing a school vision? Brainstorm, be inspired or just save time by basing it on this one.


How to Get Solar on Your School (NSW)

A clear guide for getting solar installed for Public, Catholic and Independent Schools.


Sustainability Resources

Shortcut your sustainability research with our shortlist of useful sites and information.


Sustainability Ideas

Kickstart the discussion with this shortlist of school projects you could do.

Teaching resources and student activities

Active Transport Guide

A clear, informative guide for teacher, parents and students.


Top 10 Eco Tips

Share this with teachers, parents and students at the school.


How to Reduce Waste at School 

Ideas and initiatives to reduce waste at school.



Zero Emissions Schools Newsletters

Get Involved!

National group Australian Parents for Climate Action are campaigning for national funding for solar on schools and childcare centres:  Support Solar Our Schools here

Join us

Receive our newsletter or volunteer.

Get involved


We’re a Not-for-Profit run entirely by volunteers.

Help fund our work