ResourceSmart Schools Awards categories

The category information below should guide your school's entry for the 2020 ResourceSmart Schools Awards. Sample entries are available on the awards entry portal.

School of the Year

Celebrating the school that best demonstrates a commitment to leadership in sustainability.

This category recognises outstanding sustainability achievement in Victorian primary and secondary schools through innovation, addressing sustainability as a cross-curricula priority in the Victorian Curriculum, engaging the broader community, improvements to campus operations and/or infrastructure, and sustainability leadership.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • How is your school demonstrating innovation and leadership in sustainability?
  • Describe what sustainability content has been embedded into the curriculum across your school.
  • Describe how your school fosters sustainable activities in your community.
  • Describe the sustainability initiatives undertaken by your school during 2019.
  • What has your school done to improvement campus operations and/ infrastructure?
  • Outline how your school engages with other schools in sustainability activities.

Teacher of the Year – Primary and Secondary

Celebrating teachers that best demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

This category recognises teachers who are leading sustainability activities in schools, including addressing sustainability as a cross-curricula priority in the Victorian Curriculum, mentoring student leadership in sustainability and leading engagement with the school and broader community.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • Explain how this teacher demonstrates sustainability leadership.
  • How is this teacher embedding sustainability in the curriculum?
  • What activities has this teacher undertaken to encourage sustainability leadership among students?
  • Describe how this teacher has cultivated engagement between the school and local community around sustainability activities.

Student Action Team of the Year – Primary and Secondary

Celebrating a student team that best demonstrates environmental leadership.

This category recognises students leading innovative sustainability activities and encouraging other students and the broader community to act.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • Explain how this team demonstrates sustainability leadership.
  • What innovative sustainability activities were carried out during 2019?
  • How did the team elevate and promote sustainability within your school and the community?
  • Provide evidence of the work carried out by the student action team.

School Community Volunteer of the Year

Celebrating a volunteer or volunteer group who works with school(s) on sustainability projects.

This new category in 2020 recognises those supporting the implementation of sustainability activities by contributing their time and expertise.

To qualify as a volunteer, the individual or group must not have been remunerated for their time/activities.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • How is this individual/group contributing voluntarily to your school’s sustainability program?
  • What specific knowledge and/or experience does this volunteer/group bring to your school?
  • Explain what this individual/group has done and how it enhanced sustainability knowledge and practice for students/teachers.

Community Leadership School of the Year – Primary and Secondary

Celebrating the schools that best demonstrate a commitment to community leadership.

This category recognises school leadership in its community through the encouragement of innovative sustainability practices and action on climate change, the ongoing impact of the school’s sustainability practices on the school community and collaboration with other schools/community groups to carry out sustainability activities.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • Describe how your school demonstrated innovative community leadership in sustainability and action on climate change during 2019.
  • What is the impact of your school’s sustainability program on the local community?
  • What sustainability activities has your school led within the local community and/or with other schools.

Curriculum Leadership School of the Year – Primary and Secondary

Celebrating teaching and learning of sustainability a cross-curricula priority in the Victorian Curriculum.

This category recognises schools that have demonstrated innovative approaches to addressing sustainability in lesson plans, units of work or school-wide curriculum.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • What is innovative about your school’s approach to addressing sustainability as a cross curricula priority in the Victorian curriculum?
  • Provide evidence of how and where sustainability has been addressed in the curriculum and subsequent impact on student outcomes.

Campus Infrastructure and Operations School of the Year

Celebrating the school that best demonstrates their commitment to environmental sustainability in an operations and infrastructure capacity.

This category recognises schools that have embedded sustainability through the improvement of the school’s infrastructure, design and management and the adoption of school-wide practices to improve sustainable performance of operations and infrastructure.

You'll be required to respond to the following questions when submitting your entry:

  • What has been done to improve the environmental sustainability aspect of your school’s operations and infrastructure? How were students involved?
  • What are the benefits of the infrastructure/operational sustainability improvements at your school?
  • How have you used data and/or research to inform decision making?