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ResourceSmart Schools wins national award

ResourceSmart Schools took out the ‘Education for Sustainability’ category at the Banksia Sustainability Awards held in Sydney on Friday 13 November 2015. Congratulations to everyone involved in ResourceSmart Schools.

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2015 category winner seal

The Education for Sustainability Award recognises leadership and achievement in raising awareness of sustainability issues, and promoting change in values and behaviour in sustainability. ResourceSmart Schools fulfilled this criteria by demonstrating positive environmental change through its state-wide framework.

Judges commented that ResourceSmart Schools was ‘best-practice’ and ‘world-leading’ in its approach to sustainability education and could demonstrate strong quantitative and qualitative evidence of its impact. Interestingly, the other finalists in this category were all from Victoria and included three ResourceSmart Schools – Glen Huntly Primary School, Bentleigh West Primary School and Mirboo North Secondary College. It’s clear that commitment to sustainability education is strong in Victoria.

ResourceSmart Schools has grown from an Australian Government funded pilot, delivered by CERES and Gould League in 2003, through to today’s ResourceSmart Schools, managed by Sustainability Victoria and delivered by a network of sustainability educators around the state. This win recognises the tremendous effort of the students, teachers and parents of 1200 schools who have participated in ResourceSmart Schools over the years. It also acknowledges the countless individuals and organisations – including our currently contracted and previous WRRG partners from Gippsland, Loddon Mallee, Grampians and Barwon South West - that have shown commitment to this program.

See the booklet of Banksia finalists and winners on the Banksia website. Refer to the media release for more detail.

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