Zero Emissions at Margaret Hendry School

Two young students writing at Margaret Hendry School Margaret Hendry School is the ACT’s first public school to operate with zero emissions.

The Margaret Hendry School is the ACT’s first public school to operate with zero emissions.

The school integrates sustainability education into every aspect of school life with design elements such as solar electricity and automated LED lighting.

The range of initiatives used to ensure that Margaret Hendry School achieves zero emissions, include:

  • 100kW solar panels to reduce demand on the electricity grid and school energy costs.
  • Automated LED lighting with integrated motion sensor control to save power.
  • Double glazing to reduce the need for heating and cooling.
  • Electric boosted solar hot water to provide low cost, zero emission hot water.
  • External shading to keep learning environments naturally cooler.
  • An air conditioning system which can transfer heat from one part of the building to another to improve energy efficiency.
  • A cooling system that flushes cool night air into the school buildings during summer to reduce the need for cooling during the day.

Existing schools are reducing carbon too. Initiatives include roof-mounted solar panels in all public schools, LED lighting upgrades, insulation and glazing upgrades, sustainable transport options and involving students and teachers in sustainability programs.

For more information, visit www.education.act.gov.au/our-priorities

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