Sustainability Victoria, VIC
ResourceSmart Schools is fostering strong links between schools and their communities, encouraging student leadership and stimulating parent involvement in sustainability. This Victorian Government initiative, proudly managed by Sustainability Victoria and delivered by partners across the state, is Victoria’s umbrella framework for sustainability education in schools. It is attracting interest from around the world because of the way it delivers measurable environmental benefits and provides young Victorians with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to make sustainable choices for the rest of their lives.
Participating schools work through five modules: the Core module to plan, vision, engage the school community and set baseline data; and four resource modules (water, waste, energy, biodiversity) where they undertake activities in curriculum, operations and community engagement, track their improvements and are recognised for their efforts via Sustainability Certification.
Between 2011 and 2015, ResourceSmart Schools provided more than 50% of Victoria’s schools (government, Catholic and independent) and 400,000 students with support, tools and resources that helped them – through education, behaviour and infrastructure changes – to reduce their environmental impact and save $17 million in reduced resource use.
This comprehensive sustainability education initiative helps build capability and confidence of teachers and educators via a professional learning program and it recognises and celebrates Victoria’s most inspirational sustainable schools via the annual ResourceSmart Schools Awards.