[singlepic id=64 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has congratulated Gordonvale State School on being named as a finalist in the 2011 Premier’s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards being held this Friday 10 June.

“Gordonvale State School has been shortlisted as one of 12 finalists for the prestigious ClimateSmart School Community Award for its innovative curriculum initiative called Excelsior: A whole Community Approach to Sustainability,” Mr Pitt said.

“By collecting data through audits, surveys and observations of biodiversity, energy, water and waste, students at Gordonvale have set a community carbon emission reduction target of more than 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

“They have not only made environmental sustainability a key part of their daily school lives, they’ve also inspired the broader community to do the same.

“Gordonvale State School has won numerous awards in recent years, and only last month received $50,000 after being highly commended at the Healthy Queensland Awards.”

Mr Pitt said the Premier’s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards is the Government’s highest recognition of community and business leadership in sustainability, innovation and eco-efficiency.

“This year’s Premier’s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards attracted more than 150 entrants ranging from community groups to large businesses and industry,” Mr Pitt said.

“With so many innovative and committed entrants, whatever the outcome, the students at Gordonvale State School have already done our community proud.

“I wish Gordonvale the best of luck for the awards on Friday and like all of us within our community, I will be behind them 100 percent.”