Victorian students, teachers, and school volunteers leading the way in sustainability were celebrated at the 2022 ResourceSmart Schools Awards at a ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 2 June.
Victorian students, teachers, and school volunteers leading the way in sustainability were celebrated at the 2022 ResourceSmart Schools Awards at a ceremony at the MCG on 2 June.
The event was attended by 150 school children, as well as the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, Victoria’s Chief Environmental Scientist Professor Mark Patrick Taylor, the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Dr Gillian Sparkes AM, event sponsors, and representatives from program partners CERES, Environment Education Victoria, and Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning.
The prestigious ResourceSmart School of the Year award went to Brentwood Secondary College in Glen Waverley for their use of renewable energy, commingled recycling, onsite composting, and community-based tree planting, as well as their program Towards Zer0 Bremissions, which won a Premier’s Sustainability Award in 2021.
The Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate students, teachers, parents and volunteers’ sustainability efforts.
Over the past 14 years, 1,400 schools have participated in the program. Collectively they have saved more than $41 million on bills, reduced more than 118,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases through energy, water and waste efficiencies, diverted 194,000 cubic metres of waste from landfill, saved 1,884,783 kilolitres of water and planted more than 5 million trees.
Emerging School of the Year
Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor
School Volunteer of the Year
Wembley Primary School, Yarraville
Teacher of the Year (Primary)
Sarah de Jong, Solway Primary School, Solway
Teacher of the Year (Secondary)
Clare Tuohy, Beaconhills College
Student Action Team of the Year (Primary)
Our Lady of the Nativity, Aberfeldie
Student Action Team of the Year (Secondary)
Brentwood Secondary College, Glen Waverley
Community Leadership School of the Year (Primary)
Winters Flat Primary School, Winters Flat
Community Leadership School of the Year (Secondary)
Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Primary)
St Thomas More Primary School, Mount Eliza
Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Secondary)
Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond
ResourceSmart School of the Year
To read more about all the finalists and their amazing achievements and contribution towards creating a sustainable future, download the official 2022 ResourceSmart Schools Event Guide: