In 2012, St Kilda Primary School joined the community of 1300 Victorian schools in the ResourceSmart Schools program, making a real commitment to sustainability. Since then, students, teachers and staff have achieved amazing results, saving over $100,000 on energy and waste bills and 475 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
As the 50th school to achieve 5-star certification in the program, proud Principal Sue Higgins was presented with the 5-star certificate by the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio Minister for Environment and Climate Change at an event celebrating the milestone and all the 5-Star schools. Sustainability Victoria, along with the ResourceSmart Schools Delivery Partners from across Victoria, congratulated all schools on their achievements so far in the program.
The impact goes beyond cost and emissions savings for the school, as students took on leadership roles and had direct input into the plans, taking pride in the achievements of the whole school and sharing their sustainable ideas with their families and communities at home.
The holistic approach has seen ResourceSmart Schools collectively save over 60,000 tonnes worth of greenhouse gases across all participating schools in the first 10 years of the program.