On Friday 11 November 2016, The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced the 2016 ResourceSmart School of the Year – Banyule Primary School.
Congratulations Banyule Primary School and well done to all the categories winners and finalists. We received over 200 entries, the highest ever making the competition strong. Thanks to all our entrants and our sponsors, it was a fun event that showcased and celebrated the best sustainability achievements Victorian schools have to offer.
The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are Victoria's largest sustainability awards program celebrating the achievements of schools and early childhood services.
All finalists were invited to the Awards event at the IMAX Theatre, Melbourne Museum, where all finalists’ sustainability stories for a beautiful planet were showcased. See the school's sustainability projects in this year's Awards booklet.
The 2016 ResourceSmart School of the Year
Banyule Primary School is the embodiment of sustainability, embedding direct action of climate change via energy efficiency, water conservation, community engagement and enhanced their local ecosystem throughout the curriculum and school community.
This school has shown leadership specifically across biodiversity, water and energy savings, waste reduction, student and wider community engagement – this is no small task for a school of 579 students.
Banyule has a ‘Whole School Sustainability Program’ with 10 teacher sustainability leaders and 24 student leaders, ensuring every single student at the school participates and learns about sustainability.
Banyule’s most significant achievements include a video to promote efficient energy use to students and energy saving ideas to the entire community. The video was created by students across all year levels.
Clean transport was a key focus this year with the whole school embracing the use of public transport, electric cars and bikes.
(From left) The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Heather Campbell, Chair, SV. (Middle back row) Banyule Teachers. (Right) Stan Krpan, CEO, SV and Paul Geason, Managing Director, Momentum Energy. (Front row) Banyule Primary School students.