This year’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards have been announced!
The ResourceSmart Schools Awards is extra special this year as it celebrates its tenth year. The ResourceSmart School of the Decade is a new addition to the list of categories to celebrate this milestone.
Sustainability Victoria received 150 entries from 87 schools, and after several rounds of judging, nearly 60 schools have been selected as finalists for the nine categories.
A big congratulations to the following schools from the Northern, Southern and Eastern metro regions who are up for awards this year:
- Athol Road Primary School (Springvale South)
- Badger Creek Primary School
- Brentwood Secondary College (Glen Waverley)
- Carrum Primary School
- Cheltenham Secondary College
- Epping Views Primary School
- Firbank Grammar (Sandringham)
- Killara Primary School (Sunbury)
- Lauriston Girls School (Howqua)
- Manchester Primary School (Mooroolbark)
- Melbourne High School (South Yarra)
- Mentone Primary School
- Monterey Secondary College (Frankston North)
- Mount Waverly Primary School
- Nossal High School (Berwick)
- St Judes Parish Primary School (Langwarrin)
- St Louis de Montfort Primary School (Aspendale)
- St Macartans Parish Primary School (Mornington)
- St Monica’s College (Epping)
- Stella Maris Primary School (Beaumaris)
- Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School (Mt Evelyn)
“To be named a finalist or winner in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2017, is a tribute to the hard work of the school communities across Victoria,” Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said. “I congratulate young Victorians for being passionate, innovative and helping to build communities that are more liveable and sustainable.”
The ResourceSmart Schools program inspires students and their schools to take action on sustainability and climate change, while providing new learning opportunities.
Projects included the installation of solar panels, grey water ponds, garden beds, aquaponics ponds and beds, re-used tyre and sleeper walls, permaculture areas, compost systems and orchards.
Some projects were integrated into the school curriculum with teachers helping students through hands-on real-life learning opportunities.
A plan was worked out, put into practice and students focused on getting a result.
Sustainability Victoria has supported more than half of Victoria’s government and non-government schools to embed sustainability into everything they do.
Visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards for a full list of finalists.