ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2017

The ResourceSmart Schools Awards celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017. Managed by Sustainability Victoria, the awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program for schools. Entries close on Monday 31 July 2017.

The awards recognise the sustainability achievements of Victorian schools who embed sustainability in everything they do, and minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and take action on climate change.

The awards are a free opportunity to celebrate where your school has reduced resource use, made cost savings and, integrated sustainability into the curriculum and shared learnings beyond the school gate.

As a finalist or winner your school is promoted to other schools, media and the local community throughout Victoria.


 

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About the awards

The awards are open to all Victorian schools, including government, independent and Catholic schools. By opening the awards to all Victorian schools we hope to encourage more schools to share their sustainability knowledge with other schools, and become ResourceSmart Schools in 2017.

Awards benefits:

  • Award winners and finalists receive the opportunity to raise the profile of their school;
  • Schools are provided with networking and learning opportunities with other Victorian schools that are excelling in sustainability;
  • The awards celebrate school projects to inspire other Victorian schools/ communities to take sustainability action;
  • Finalists are invited to a memorable awards ceremony in October 2017; and
  • By recognising the achievements of schools, teachers, students and parents can feel proud of the great work they are doing.

Entering the awards is easy and a great chance to reflect on your schools project.

The awards are part of the ResourceSmart Schools program.

Enter

ResourceSmart Schools Awards - Enter

Entering the ResourceSmart Schools Awards is easy!

Steps to enter:

  1. Set up an account;
  2. Review the awards Terms and Conditions and entry tips below;
  3. Write your entry and include supportive evidence; and
  4. Submit your entry by Monday 31 July 2017.

Entry tips:

  • Support your entry with pre-existing documentation and at least two high-resolution photos (with photo consent forms if adults or students featured).
  • Read last year's winners and finalists stories for inspiration, such as Banyule Primary School's enviro-efforts across multiple areas of sustainability to take out the title 'ResourceSmart School of the Year 2016'.
  • Take the Victorian Government TAKE2 Climate Change Pledge. to demonstrate the commitment your school has to taking action on climate change. This is voluntary but helps to show the leadership your school is taking, and can help your school with ResourceSmart Schools actions.
  • Review the awards Judging Criteria Matrix (soon to be available).

Categories

There are 16 award categories – for primary and secondary schools - each designed to recognise a specific area of sustainable actions.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate sustained efforts over the past ten years and have participated in ResourceSmart Schools.

The school that best demonstrates continuous commitment across multiple areas of sustainability over a number of years.

  1. What ResourceSmart Schools star level have you reached, and what is your current star status?
  2. Provide examples of major projects that demonstrate continuous commitment to sustainability and action on climate change (up to 300 words).
  3. Provide examples of projects that demonstrate teacher leadership and mentoring in sustainability (up to 300 words).
  4. Provide examples of projects that demonstrate student leadership and mentoring in sustainability (up to 300 words).
  5. Describe how sustainability has been embedded into the curriculum across the school (up to 300 words).
  6. Describe how sustainability is evident to visitors to your school. (up to 300 words)
  7. Describe how your school has engaged with the broader community beyond the school gate and the benefits you have seen through this engagement (up to 200 words).
  8. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).
    Why should your student action team be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive.
    Show your leadership. Supply evidence of why your school should be chosen. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals. You may like to make a video or presentation or include other evidence of your students in action.

Open to 3-5 Star ResourceSmart schools.

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to leadership in sustainability based on the following criteria:

  1. Is your school currently certified as a ResourceSmart School with three or more stars?
  2. Provide examples of projects that demonstrate teacher leadership in sustainability (up to 200 words).
  3. Provide examples of projects that demonstrate student leadership in sustainability (up to 200 words).
  4. Describe how sustainability has been embedded into the curriculum across the school (up to 200 words).
  5. Describe three significant infrastructure or campus changes that have occurred during July 2016-2017. (up to 300 words)
  6. Describe how your school has engaged with the broader community beyond the school gate (up to 200 words).
  7. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive. Show your leadership. Supply evidence of why your school should be chosen. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals. You may like to make a video or presentation or include other evidence of your students in action.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to leadership in sustainability based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe the teacher's actions to create positive change (up to 200 words): Describe how the teacher has shown leadership and created positive change in their school and the broader community.
  2. Leadership qualities (up to 200 words): How has this teacher influenced your school's sustainability path and made it more effective? What qualities and skills have they shown to motivate the school community and influence change?
  3. How has this teacher supported the integration of sustainability into the curriculum at your school? (up to 200 words)
  4. Broader community engagement (up to 200 words). Describe how the teacher is involved in sustainability projects/ groups/ activities within the broader community. Please describe their role and key achievements.
  5. Describe the impact this teacher has had on people within their school community (up to 150 words). We recommend that you include comments from students, parents and/or teachers.
  6. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should this teacher be chosen? Make your entry competitive. Provide supportive evidence to support your nomination.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to leadership in sustainability based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe the teacher's actions to create positive change (up to 200 words): Describe how the teacher has shown leadership and created positive change in their school and the broader community.
  2. Leadership qualities (up to 200 words): How has this teacher influenced your school's sustainability path and made it more effective? What qualities and skills have they shown to motivate the school community and influence change?
  3. How has this teacher supported the integration of sustainability into the curriculum at your school? (up to 200 words)
  4. Broader community engagement (up to 200 words). Describe how the teacher is involved in sustainability projects/ groups/ activities within the broader community. Please describe their role and key achievements.
  5. Describe the impact this teacher has had on people within their school community (up to 150 words). We recommend that you include comments from students, parents and/or teachers.
  6. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should this teacher be chosen? Make your entry competitive. Provide supportive evidence to support your nomination.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to energy efficiency and climate change based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of energy and climate change? (up to 200 words).
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).
  6. Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to energy efficiency and climate change based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of energy and climate change? (up to 200 words).
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).
  6. Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to biodiversity based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve biodiversity during July 2016-2017? (up to 300 words)
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of biodiversity? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to biodiversity based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve biodiversity during July 2016-2017? (up to 300 words)
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of biodiversity? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to community leadership based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe how your school has demonstrated leadership in sustainability and climate change during July 2016-2017 (up to 300 words).
  2. Describe the community your work has had an impact on (up to 100 words).
  3. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this demonstrated leadership? (up to 200 words)
  4. What impact has your work had on the community described above? (up to 300 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals..

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to community leadership based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe how your school has demonstrated leadership in sustainability and climate change during July 2016-2017 (up to 300 words).
  2. Describe the community your work has had an impact on (up to 100 words).
  3. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this demonstrated leadership? (up to 200 words)
  4. What impact has your work had on the community described above? (up to 300 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words).
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to waste minimisation based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve waste practices and minimise waste during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of waste management? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to waste minimisation based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve waste practices and minimise waste during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of waste management? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to water efficiency based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve water efficiency during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings. (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of water management? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to water efficiency based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe what your school has done to improve water efficiency during July 2016-2017? If you can, include data about your savings. (up to 300 words).
  2. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this improved student understanding of water management? (up to 200 words)
  3. How have you linked your project(s) to classroom teaching? (up to 300 words)
  4. Who was involved and what was their role? (up to 200 words)
  5. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 200 words or less. Rather than writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to student leadership based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe your student action team, and their role in leading sustainability and climate change action during July 2016-2017 (up to 300 words).
  2. Describe the work that has been done by your student action team and the impact this has had on the school community (up to 200 words)
  3. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this contributed change within the school and broader community? (up to 200 words)
  4. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your student action team be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive. Show your leadership. Supply evidence of why your school should be chosen. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals. You may like to make a video or presentation or include other evidence of your students in action.

Open to all Victorian schools, must demonstrate action from 1 July 2016

The school that best demonstrates a commitment to student leadership based on the following criteria:

  1. Describe your student action team, and their role in leading sustainability and climate change action during July 2016-2017 (up to 300 words).
  2. Describe the work that has been done by your student action team and the impact this has had on the school community (up to 200 words)
  3. Why do you consider this work to be significant? How has this contributed change within the school and broader community? (up to 200 words)
  4. Make your pitch (up to 200 words). Why should your student action team be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive. Show your leadership. Supply evidence of why your school should be chosen. Include comments from students, teachers, parents and principals. You may like to make a video or presentation or include other evidence of your students in action.

Key dates

  • Entries close Monday 31 July 2017.
  • Awards event Monday 16 October 2017.

Contact us & support

The ResourceSmart Schools Awards team is here to provide support and technical assistance throughout the entry process.

Register for regular email alerts throughout the entry period: resourcesmartawards@sustainability.vic.gov.au.

For ResourceSmart Schools information, please visit www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au.

Our Sponsors

We couldn't hold such a great awards program without the support of our sponsors. By being part of the Awards our sponsors are acknowledging Victoria's most inspiring sustainability achievements in schools.

Contact resourcesmartawards@sustainability.vic.gov.au if you would like to find out more.