The finalists for the 2016 ResourceSmart School Awards have been announced after a record number of impressive entries were received.
Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Stan Krpan, said 206 entries were received from across the state, demonstrating that Victorian schools were committed to practical local action on climate change.
“This program has been delivering great environmental outcomes for schools and communities across Victoria and is preparing students to become future leaders in sustainability.”
“The ResourceSmart Schools Awards cover pre-school age children through to high school. It means that from a young age, students can take away lessons learnt about sustainable action and apply them at home and throughout their lives.”
Mr Krpan said Victorian schools were among Australia’s most sustainable.
“In 2015, ResourceSmart Schools saved $3.85 million by reducing their energy and water consumption, and by generating less waste.”
“With schools taking such an active role, it’s a great sign for the future as we move into a changing climate. The entire community needs to do what it can to reduce energy and water use and increase recycling.”
The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program that recognise Victorian schools, early childhood services, students and teachers who are implementing measures to reduce their environmental footprint.
This year’s ResourceSmart Schools program collaborated with Museums Victoria to deliver an even bigger and more interactive awards day.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 11 November 2016.
Click here for a full list of finalists.
Media contact: Gloria Calescu, Media Adviser, Sustainability Victoria - 0428 652 273