Brentwood Secondary College in Glenn Waverly is the 2022 ResourceSmart School of the Year.
The school won the award for its use of renewable energy, commingled recycling, composting and tree planting projects, as well as the Towards Zer0 Bremissions project, which won a Premier’s Sustainability Award in 2021 in the climate action category.
The school also picked up awards for Student Action Team of the Year (Secondary) and Community Leadership School of the Year (Secondary) at the 2022 ResourceSmart Schools Awards ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.
The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are designed to celebrate Victorian schools’ sustainability efforts, while focusing on student empowerment and leadership.
Other winning schools included Overnewton Anglican Community College, Wembley Primary School, Solway Primary School, Beaconhills College, Our Lady of the Nativity, Winters Flat Primary School, St Thomas More Primary School and Melbourne Girls’ College.
The ResourceSmart Schools program, offered by Sustainability Victoria since 2008, provides support for schools to reduce waste and resource use, and integrate sustainability into their curriculums.
In 14 years 1400 schools have participated in the program, collectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 118,000 tonnes, diverting 194,000 cubic metres of waste from landfill, saving 1,884,783 kilolitres of water and planting more than five million trees.
For more information, visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au