Sustainability at Rangi
At Rangi, we believe sustainable schools are a great place to learn, where pupils develop self-esteem and reach high standards of achievement. In operating this way, schools demonstrate responsible practices for their young people and communities and engage them in learning about the issues and potential responses. For these reasons, Rangi Ruru is proud to be an Enviroschool, a Fairtrade School, a 2019 KNZB Sustainable Schools Award finalist and a finalist in the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network Awards. Individual students have also been awarded a range of sustainability awards and our girls mentor other schools on how to lead sustainable change.
In 2019, we established an Eco-Action Nursery growing native plants for the red zone, potted over 1000 native seedlings into bags and planted 800 natives at QE2 through our Eco-Action project in collaboration with Christ’s College and Shirley Boys’ High. We will meet our collective goal to plant 5000 native trees in the red zone in the next three years.
Our girls led initiatives including working closely with Women’s Refuge and Battered Women’s Trust to provide fruit and vegetable for two local safe houses in Merivale. A vegetable garden was established, and 31 pumpkins were grown and used to make baby food and soup. Other vegetables grown onsite and donated included courgettes, runner beans, apples, figs and feijoas. Clothes and books were also collected and delivered to Battered Women’s Trust for use in their emergency centre.
In 2018, our cumulative annual emissions were 567.99 tCO2e. The 2019 business year saw this drop to 338.41 tCO2e. Since 2016 we have reduced waste to landfill by 58%.
We pride ourselves in being a water only school and use compostable products where available in our dining room. We have also adopted ‘Meatless Monday’s’ in the school dining room during lunch time.
We were honoured to have Jane Goodall and her New Zealand Foundation spend time at Rangi in 2019. We hosted a Youth Environmental Leaders forum with representatives from across New Zealand at Rangi. We have formed relationships with tertiary institutions, NGO’s and business.
Manaaki whenua. Manaaki tangata. Haere whakamua.
Care for the land. Care for the people. Go forward.