Solar rollout begins

ISMAPNG is in the early stages of rolling out a massive plan to transition away from fossil fuels through, among other things, the installation of solar panels on a number of its properties.

These photos are of one of the first solar installations of the rollout, and were taken at Lockyer Street, Adamstown, NSW. The installation went live on September 15 and ISMAPNG's Environmental Sustainability Project Manager and property team are working with the solar engineers to monitor the performance of the system and ensure that everything works as it should.

ISMAPNG's Environmental Sustainability Project Manager and property team, in partnership with BIG Procurement, are now working to identify the group of properties which will benefit from the next phase of the rollout.

For more information, email ISMAPNG's Environmental Sustainability Project Manager.

Caring for Earth in South Australia

The South Australian Mercies have been living their care for Earth through the following actions and activities since June 2017:

  • With the Australian Conservation Foundation, Catholic EarthCare and the No Dump Alliance, we continue to campaign to stop the Australian Federal Liberal Government's Nuclear Waste Dump plan in SA. (The State plan was declared "dead" by the SA Premier Jay Weatherill on June 7, but the Federal plan is still on the agenda of the Australian Federal Government)
  • Supported the call on Jay Weatherill to make Solar Thermal happen in Port Augusta.
  • Viewed the film Guarding the Galilee and with Catholic EarthCare to lobby and campaign for Stop Adani.
  • Have been encouraging the whole school community of Mercedes College to participate in prayers and actions for the Season of Creation:
    • Pray the Prayer for Our Earth from Pope Francis
    • Commit ourselves to reflection, acts of kindness and gratitude and deeds of advocacy during each of the 34 days of the Season of Creation from the Calendar created by the Mercy International Association.
    • Copies of the Season of Creation calendar are displayed at the most noticeable place in each classroom, office, staffroom, canteen and library as a reminder for our commitments for this month.
    • Resources on the Season of Creation from MIA were sent to all teaching staff to incorporate them into their RE learning and teaching programme.
    • An article about the Season of Creation include a copy of the Prayer for Our Earth and the Season of Creation calendar were sent home to all families and were also posted on the school website for all to access.

Solar panels for ISMAPNG

One of the first priorities for ISMAPNG's new Environmental Sustainability Project Manager, Chris Hill, is to begin implementation of a major project involving the installation of solar panels on as many ISMAPNG properties as possible.

Any properties where solar panels may not be installed due to restrictions or structural building issues such as heritage rules, structural safety concerns, or poor roof alignment to the sun will still be included in an ISMAPNG-wide upgrade of all lighting to LED lighting.

You can learn more about the project here.