$75,000 has been awarded to 17 schools and community groups across the country to undertake educational environment projects.
The funding was made available through the Go Green Grants program, an initiative launched by Corporate Express and Junior Landcare earlier this year.
The grants program will see a diverse range of projects come to life, helping kids learn about sustainability and their local environment in a fun and interactive way.
Projects include a mini-wetland learning centre, seed propagation project, creek clean-up, creation of habitat for native birds and butterflies, and recycling programs.
Kerry McEwan, a grant recipient from Barrenjoey High School in Avalon, NSW, was excited to see her students get an opportunity to engage with the natural environment around them and make a meaningful contribution.
"The funding received will help us transform our local environment, while teaching and encouraging our students to take ownership of a creek that has been very neglected over the years.
This project is all about taking small steps to protect our precious natural resources and building awareness that even small creeks have a big part to play in building biodiversity in urban areas," she said.
Heather Campbell, CEO of Landcare Australia, was impressed at the way recipients embraced the Landcare ethos by creating projects that address local environmental issues.
"If you look at Beauty Point Public School in NSW, their Mini-Wetland project will help tackle the issue of excess water eroding the school's playing fields, and Oakwood State School in QLD will be eradicating environmental weeds which have invaded the area. It's great to see how schools and community groups are taking ownership for their local environment and playing their part in caring for the land," she said.
Jay Mutschler, President of Corporate Express Australia and New Zealand, was delighted to offer kids the chance to get involved in environmental sustainability activities.
"Corporate Express is proud of the range of projects that young people and students will be involved in as a result of our partnership with Landcare Australia. Environmental sustainability is a core component of our business, and supporting positive activities in school communities across Australia shows our commitment to the environment, teachers and students with the Go Green Grants program," he said.
Grant recipients also did an incredible job of securing a further $145,000 of in-kind support for their projects.