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Core module

The Core module sets the groundwork for each schools sustainability journey.

The Core module assists to evaluate where each school is and where it wants to get to, and how it will get there. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational

    Create a snapshot of how the school is approaching sustainability by gathering baseline data, reviewing curriculum, infrastructure and daily operations and recognising prior achievements and opportunities for improvement. Use this data to plan how to embed sustainability principles throughout the school and to set up a framework to track the school’s progress and achievements.
  2. Learning and teaching

    Create a plan to build sustainability into teaching and learning to embed sustainability into the curriculum.
  3. Whole school community engagement

    Communicate with the school community about the fantastic work and share learnings to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

Module completion

The Core module has 24 actions. To complete the module; 23 of the 24 actions must be completed. To see the full list of actions, download the Core module action toolkit.


ResourceSmart Schools Core module resources

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ResourceSmart Core module checklist

A list of all actions to help each school through the ResourceSmart Schools program Core Module

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ResourceSmart Core module action toolkit

A practical 'how to' guide to help schools to plan and complete actions required for the Core module. It includes tips, links to resources and policies and interesting case studies to apply at school.

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ResourceSmart Enviroment Management Plan

The Environment Management Plan template helps schools to develop their plan.

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Curriculum links

The Curriculum Links document helps Primary schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.

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Ecological footprint calculator for Primary

The Ecological footprint calculator assists students to measure their environmental impact and take steps to reduce their personal footprint.

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Ecological footprint calculator for Secondary

The Ecological footprint calculator assists students to measure their environmental impact and take steps to reduce their personal footprint.

Additional resources

World Wildlife Fund logoWWF Ecological footprint calculator

How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Check out the WWF interactive calculator to measure your personal impact.

Check out the calculator

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au