Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools program won the ‘Education for Sustainability’ category award at the Banksia Sustainability Awards Ceremony in Sydney last Friday (13 November).
The Education for Sustainability Award recognises leadership and achievement in raising awareness of sustainability issues, and promoting change in values and behaviour in sustainability.
ResourceSmart Schools fulfilled this criteria by demonstrating positive environmental change through its statewide education program.
Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said he was pleased to see that ResourceSmart Schools was successful in this year’s renewal of the Banksia Awards.
“Students, teachers and a wide network of sustainability educators involved in the program have made practical contributions over the years in reducing their energy and water consumption, generating less waste, and improving their biodiversity,” said Mr Krpan. “This really is a great program, where students can take the lessons they learn in school home, and into adulthood.
ResourceSmart Schools helps Victorian schools embed sustainability into everything they do. By participating, schools learn how to manage their energy, waste, water and biodiversity through activities that address curriculum, operations and community engagement.
Just under 50 per cent of Victorian schools and 400,000 students have participated in ResourceSmart Schools, delivering substantial environmental savings to their schools.
For more information on ResourceSmart Schools, visit the website.