Green Innovation Award winners for Vertical Garden Challenge!

On Thursday this week, Year 12 students and their families involved in the “Victorian School’s Vertical Garden Challenge” attended a presentation and award evening. The event took place in an amazing creative space in the heart of the CBD called ISPT Foy’s Arcade. Josh Brill, Ari Feldman, Aaron Greenwell and Jacob Moulton gave a ten minute speech describing and explaining their vertical garden design and construction. They were well prepared and confident and not intimidated by an audience that included Professor Peter Fisher (School of Architecture and Built Environment Deakin University), Mary Jeavons of Jeavons Landscape Architects, Professor Alex Bojovschi (Innovation Mentor at The University of Melbourne) and Guosheng Chen (Head of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT).

The students were awarded the Vertical Garden green innovation award competing against the likes of Geelong Grammar School Corio, Mentone Grammar, Bentleigh Secondary College and Cheltenham Secondary Colleges. Their presentation was excellent and the university academics were very encouraging and helpful with their feedback.

All university presenters conveyed powerful messages. Listen, Feel See, Love and Do -Alexe Bojovschi, Reconnect young adults to natural processes and climate emergency and vegetation – Peter Fisher, Therapeutic environments and the practicalities of the maintenance of a vertical garden – Mary Jeavons.

This award is sure to inspire them to bigger and better green innovation in their lives. The acronym ISTEMI was mentioned as the inspiration for the student challenge. The aim was to equip students with the skills to build a sustainable future: Imagination, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation. Professor Chen stated “We need to nurture the younger generation, create opportunities to broaden their visions and experiences, bring them to a better platform to challenge themselves, open their minds and test them. With this, they can develop capacities and become very professional in their own working industries.”

Lesley MalliganPaul (LAL Science)

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