25 June 2015

Mr WYNNE (Minister for Planning) — I rise today to congratulate Melbourne Girls College, the first Australian school to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Earlier this year Melbourne Girls College was recognised on the international stage as a global leader in sustainability by being awarded the $US100 000 Zayed Future Energy Prize. This furthers Melbourne Girls College’s reputation as a nationally recognised sustainable school and a leader in community engagement.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize was established by the United Arab Emirates government in 2008 and recognises individuals, organisations and schools across the world that have made significant contributions to the future of renewable energy and sustainability. Melbourne Girls College will use this prize to build a curriculum-integrated renewable energy education centre. This fantastic initiative will offer the opportunity for students to generate and measure energy; produce up to 45 per cent of the school’s energy needs through solar photovoltaics, a wind turbine and micro-hydro generators; take a significant step towards achieving the school’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2020; as well as showcase renewable energy to students, the community and other schools.

I congratulate the student environment captain, Ruby Wynn Williams, who attended the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All event at the climate summit in New York in May. She was a magnificent representative of the school. Congratulations to the principal, Karen Money, on providing a first-class public education for young women in this state.