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Shani Baker (12), Monique Mcleod (11), earth smart sciences facilitator Gary Holmes and Holly Beresford (11) with the hydroponics garden at The Hall State School, Rockhampton.
Shani Baker (12), Monique Mcleod (11), earth smart sciences facilitator Gary Holmes and Holly Beresford (11) with the hydroponics garden at The Hall State School, Rockhampton. Chris Ison

GARY Holmes is leaving his footprint on the Rockhampton region's state primary schools.

And in the process he's helping them reduce their environmental footprint.

Gary is the earth smart science facilitator working out of North Keppel Island's Environmental Educational Centre.

His job is to ensure the 60 schools he is supporting all have in place School Environment Management Plans by the end of the year.

It's part of a state-wide initiative.

Gary has been in the role for two years and so far more than 40 schools have put their plans in place.

He moved into the role having been a teacher at Frenchville State School.

There were four main areas the environment plans focused on.

These were; waste, water, biodiversity and energy.

"My job is to work with the schools to provide support for these plans," Gary said.

He said strategies such as turning all school computers off standby mode after hours had helped to reduce the electricity bill and had taught students the value of looking after the local environment.

Gary singled out The Hall State School and Waraburra State School for some innovative programs.

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