Our ResourceSmart Schools program has been updated and we’ve made some exciting changes that will make ResourceSmart Schools even better. The changes cut down the administrative requirements of the program, while maintaining the program’s rigour. We’ve also changed the look of the ResourceSmart Schools website. We hope you like the new look.
These changes are part of Sustainability Victoria’s commitment to improving ResourceSmart Schools and embedding sustainability in the school’s curriculum, campus and community.
Changes include a reduction to the amount of action required by a school to achieve 3, 4 and 5 star certification. It also includes changes to reduce the amount of effort required to achieve module and star renewal.
Certification for 3, 4 & 5 star
To gain your 3rd, 4th and 5th star, schools will no longer be required to complete 80% of the actions in each module. You only need to complete the number of actions required to complete the module.
To gain a 3rd, 4th and 5th star schools will now be required to:
- complete the required number of modules (1 Star – Core; 2 Stars – 2 modules, etc.)
- demonstrate resource reduction and meet benchmarks. Refer to star checklists for detail.
Benefits to schools
This will significantly reduce the workload for schools. Note that quality will not be lost with regard to resource efficiency, as schools will still be required to demonstrate a resource use reduction and meet benchmarks as they have previously.
Note: for the 3, 4 and 5 star certification requirements please refer to the relevant star checklist.
New fields have been added which need to be updated annually.
- Key Main Teacher – the school will be able to choose the key teacher from a drop-down list of their main teachers.
- Principal Name and email address – the school will need to input this information.
Benefits to schools
This will enable facilitators, coordinators and SV to identify who the main contact is and who the principal is at the school.
We are taking this opportunity to make a number of other changes to improve your experience.