Awards to celebrate sustainable schools

10 December 2019

Victorian schools will showcase their contribution to people and the planet in 2020 as part of the state’s largest sustainable schools awards program.

Entries opened this week for our ResourceSmart Schools Awards program, which recognises Victorian schools’ leadership on sustainability and the active role they play as champions for the environment in their wider communities.

The 2020 awards theme of 'people and the planet' encourages schools to appreciate how we can use our humanity – our knowledge, care and passion – to look after the environment, and how looking after the planet can contribute to our own wellbeing in return.

The ResourceSmart Schools Awards will culminate in an awards ceremony and a program of activities for finalist schools in conjunction with World Environment Day on 5 June 2020.

Schools have until 16 March 2020 to submit their entries for the awards, which are open to all Victorian schools, including government, independent and Catholic schools.

Enter your school in the 2020 awards.

ResourceSmart Schools

Among the entrants in the awards will be participants in our award-winning ResourceSmart Schools program, which engages schools in a dynamic education program empowering them to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and act on climate change to benefit their school and community.

ResourceSmart Schools received international recognition in 2019 from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and its Energy Smarts Communities Initiative (ESCI) as the 2019 Gold winner in the Smart Jobs and Consumer category.

Over the past 12 years, the program has helped more than 1,400 schools across the state to collectively save more than $27 million and reduce more than 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases through energy, water and waste efficiencies.

As we enter a new decade, the awards will spotlight some of the most innovative and forward-thinking Victorian schools making sustainability a meaningful part of everyday life and learning.

Last year’s big winner: Carrum Primary School

Carrum Primary School was named the 2019 ResourceSmart School of the Year for inspiring other schools to act on climate change with a curriculum that makes sustainability fun for not only the school, but also the local community.

“It’s been an unbelievable thing for our school to win ResourceSmart Schools School of the Year,” teacher Marcus Mulcahy said.

As one of Victoria’s first 5 Star ResourceSmart Schools, the school has saved nearly $35,000 since joining the program in 2007.

“One school can achieve whatever they put their mind to,” Assistant Principal Amanda Carmichael said. “If you’ve got people that care about the environment and want to make a difference, you can do it.”

Hear more about Carrum Primary School’s sustainability story in our 2018–19 Year in Review video.