Enter the 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards

07 February 2019

All Victorian Schools can now enter Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards to celebrate the efforts local students, teachers and parents are making to positively impact the environment.

Now in its second decade, the ResourceSmart Schools Awards recognise schools and projects that contribute positively to the community, campus and curriculum through the lens of sustainability. They are a wonderful way for schools to share sustainable achievements with the wider school community.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said the ResourceSmart Schools Awards are the largest sustainability awards program for schools in Victoria and encouraged all government, independent and Catholic schools across the state, to participate.

“The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are a great way to celebrate young Victorians and school communities who are embedding sustainability into everything they do,” Mr Krpan said.

“All schools are contributing to a better world. The Awards recognise the fantastic work that Victorian primary and secondary schools are doing to make their local areas better. This is the next generation who are making a real difference and helping to reduce the impact of climate change.” 

The 2019 Award categories

1. ResourceSmart School of the Year
2. Teacher of the Year (Primary)
3. Teacher of the Year (Secondary)
4. Community Leadership School of the Year (Primary)
5. Community Leadership School of the Year (Secondary)
6. Student Action Team of the Year(Primary)
7. Student Action Team of the Year (Secondary)
8. Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Primary)
9. Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Secondary)
10. Campus Infrastructure School of the Year.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the role you’re playing to make a positive difference to the planet. Victorians should feel very proud knowing that more than fifty of our schools have achieved 5Star certification in the ResourceSmart Schools program,” Mr Krpan said.

“The impact these schools are having goes beyond cost and emissions savings for the school. We’ve seen local students take on leadership roles and have a direct input into their school’s environmental plans, taking pride in the achievements of the whole school and sharing their sustainable ideas with their families and communities at home.”

“These awards will look inside Victoria’s schools, to showcase the innovative and inspiring action they are taking to combat waste, climate change, support the environment and involve their community,” Mr Krpan said.

Since 2008, the ResourceSmart Schools program has:

  • Reached over 1,300 Victorian schools and 96 early learning services
  • Saved participants over $23 million through energy, waste and water savings
  • Avoided over 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Enter your school in the awards now.

Entries close on 1 April 2019. The celebration will culminate on 13 June with an event at the MCG including and expo showcasing some of the great work schools are doing in sustainability.