ResourceSmart Schools Awards

Last updated: 28 January 2022
Three children seated in a row with small plants on table and Now for the Future white text on the right and ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2022 in black text in a green banner at the bottom.

Victoria’s largest celebration of sustainability in schools is now open for entries. The awards acknowledge and honour ResourceSmart Schools that are working Now for the Future – our theme for this 13th edition!

The 2022 ResourceSmart Schools Awards celebrate students, teachers, parents and volunteers who worked on sustainability initiatives throughout 2020 and 2021.

Some of the actions undertaken by schools during 2020 and 2021 include:

  • auditing resource use at home and in the school
  • kickstarting sustainability action plans
  • participating in national environmental celebrations
  • organising student-led online events
  • dreaming of ResourceSmart Schools of the Future.

Let Victorians know what your school is doing Now for the Future. Share your story by entering the ResourceSmart Schools Awards.

How to enter

Entries open Friday 10 December 2021
Information session live Q&A Tuesday 8 February 2022
Entries close Friday 18 March 2022
Finalists announced Wednesday 27 April 2022
Awards event and winners announcement Thursday 2 June 2022

ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2022 : Live Q&A session

Tuesday 8 February 2022
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Register now


There’s something for everyone in 2022! Look out for our new category and a few other surprises.

  • Emerging School of the Year – a new category to celebrate a school that has recently started their RSS journey.
  • School Volunteer of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year (Primary & Secondary)
  • Student Action Team of the Year (Primary & Secondary)
  • Community Leadership School of the Year (Primary & Secondary)
  • Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Primary & Secondary)
  • ResourceSmart School of the Year.


  • ResourceSmart Schools entering the Awards must have completed an action in the ResourceSmart Schools online system between 1 July 2021 – 18 March 2022. If you are not active or not part of program, don’t worry! Email and we’ll help you.
  • Schools entering the ResourceSmart School of the Year category must have at least 3Star ResourceSmart Schools certification.
  • Schools entering the Emerging School of the Year category must:
    • have signed an RSS MOU during 1 July 2019 to 18 March 2022 for the first time and/or set a resource baseline during 1 July 2019 – 18 March 2022
    • have completed an action between 1 July 2021 to 18 March 2022.
  • To qualify for the Volunteer of the Year category, the individual or group must not have been remunerated for their time/activities.


Showcasing how schools have worked on sustainability over 2020 and 2021 has never been more important – no matter how small or big, every effort counts!

The following resources are available to help you draft your entries:

Social media tips

If you're proud of entering the ResourceSmart Schools Awards, tell us what your school is doing Now for the Future. Tag Sustainability Victoria in your “Now for the Future” social media posts and you’ll have the chance to be featured in ResourceSmart Schools communications.

Example: We are increasing our biodiversity score with the help of the student action team and volunteers #NowfortheFuture #nameofyourschool #sustainabilityvictoria #resourcesmartschools

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Contact us

We want to help you enter the ResourceSmart Schools Awards. If you have questions or have been working on sustainability but you aren’t part of the ResourceSmart Schools community yet, contact us at or call 03 8626 8844.