ResourceSmart Schools core module

Last updated: 22 March 2021

The Core module sets the groundwork for each school's sustainability journey.

The Core module assists to evaluate where each school is and where it wants to get to, and how it will get there. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational

    Create a snapshot of how the school is approaching sustainability by gathering baseline data, reviewing curriculum, infrastructure and daily operations and recognising prior achievements and opportunities for improvement. Use this data to plan how to embed sustainability principles throughout the school and to set up a framework to track the school’s progress and achievements.

  2. Learning and teaching

    Create a plan to build sustainability into teaching and learning to embed sustainability into the curriculum.

  3. Whole school community engagement
    Communicate with the school community about the fantastic work and share learnings to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

Module completion

The Core module has 24 actions. To complete the module; 23 of the 24 actions must be completed. To see the full list of actions, download the Core module action toolkit.

ResourceSmart Schools Core module resources

ResourceSmart Core module checklist

24 August 2017 – A list of all actions to help each school through the ResourceSmart Schools program Core Module.

ResourceSmart Core module toolkit

18 August 2019 – A practical guide for Victorian schools.

School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP)

17 March 2021 – This template helps schools to develop their SEMP.

Curriculum links: Level F–6

18 July 2019 – Helping schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.

Ecological footprint calculator for Primary

24 August 2017 – The Ecological footprint calculator assists students to measure their environmental impact and take steps to reduce their personal footprint.

Ecological footprint calculator for Secondary

24 August 2017 – The Ecological footprint calculator assists students to measure their environmental impact and take steps to reduce their personal footprint.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team
Sustainability Victoria
1300 363 744
schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au