Well, it all started ....
..... when we discovered our shared passion for sustainability and a desire for children in our community to grow up with the ethos of caring for and valuing the natural world around them. The school seemed an obvious place to start!
So in 2008, we joined forces to establish and lead Solway Primary School's first Sustainability Committee and support the school to achieve 5 Star Certification in Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools.
Our passion didn’t end there however. It's now supported by extensive practical, hands-on experience and valuable insight. We saw Solway gain enormous benefits from embedding sustainability, so we set up So-Eco for Schools, with a vision of creating sustainable school communities.
Brought up in the UK, Lona was Executive Director of a Bristol based legal society for 10 years. Looking for a big adventure, she moved with her husband and three children to Melbourne in 2006 and shortly afterwards, accepted the role to lead the Sustainability Committee at Solway Primary School. This exciting role culminated in taking the school to 5 Star status and becoming Boroondara Sustainable School of the Year in 2012. The knowledge, passion and enthusiasm that each of the students had for their sustainability initiatives was simply breathtaking... sustainability at their school belonged to them!
Growing up in Tasmania, Clare enjoyed her family's five acres where she learnt to fish, ride horses and enjoy the Australian Bush. She studied at the University of Tasmania for a Bachelor of Science. Working for Cadbury Schweppes as a Chemist and Chocolate Taster (really!) took her to England, Russia and finally Melbourne, where she is now settled with her husband and two children. Clare loves helping school communities to reduce their environmental waste impact and costs; seeing the enthusiasm of students and staff to make this positive change is inspiring.