Victoria’s largest celebration of sustainability in schools has extended its submission deadline, giving more schools the chance to enter.
Along with its new Emerging School of the Year category, the Awards hope to showcase schools taking their first steps toward sustainability as well as those who have been paving the way for years.
Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart School Awards is now in its 13th year and celebrates students, teachers, parents and volunteers’ sustainability efforts. As the 2022 awards follow a one-year hiatus, schools will be judged on activities conducted throughout 2020 and 2021.
Every primary and secondary school registered in the ResourceSmart Schools program is eligible to enter the awards and go in the running for prizes presented at a prestigious awards ceremony in June.
This year’s theme, Now for the Future, focuses on the actions we can do now that will benefit the environment and our communities in the future.
“Positive sustainability actions can give students a feeling of agency over their world,” says Katie Pahlow, Sustainability Victoria’s Director of Community Action.
Helping young people focus on what they can influence now for their future is more important than ever.
“The ResourceSmart School Awards also give students, teachers and the school community a sense of pride and
achievement in their sustainability work.”
Robyn Smith, Sustainability Coordinator from Killara Primary School and previous finalist of the Teacher of the
Year (Primary) award, said her school used competitions to showcase work and increase sustainability resources
at the school:
Killara Primary School’s ResourceSmart journey has been so exciting for many of our students. We’re always on the look-out for competitions to enter.
Thanks to those competitions we now have water tanks, friendship seats, money for more sustainable initiatives and more.
Over the past 14 years, the program has helped more than 1,400 schools across the state to collectively save more than $38 million and reduce more than 110,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases through energy, water and waste efficiencies.
Award categories include:
• Emerging School of the Year
• Teacher of the Year
• Student Action Team of the Year
• Community Leadership School of the Year
• Curriculum Leadership School of the Year
• School Volunteer of the Year
• ResourceSmart School of the Year
Entries close 28 March 2022. For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/rss-awards