ResourceSmart Schools

ResourceSmart Schools is an award-winning Victorian Government program that assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do, encourages real-life sustainability learning, and helps schools save money.

ResourceSmart Schools can access support to help them understand and implement sustainability across their curriculum.

 

ResourceSmart Schools in the Loddon Mallee Region

ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government initiative that supports schools to embed sustainability across the school campus, curriculum, community and culture.

Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (LMWRRG) coordinates and facilitates the ResourceSmart Schools (RSS) program across the Loddon Mallee region, from Gisborne to Mildura, and from Maryborough to Kyabram.

The LMWRRG ResourceSmart Schools facilitators work with over 60 schools across the region to help them complete the program modules and achieve their sustainability stars.

The RSS program provides a series of actions across the school campus, curriculum and community, for students and school communities to reduce energy and water use, waste production (especially through recycling, reusing and repurposing), and to improve biodiversity.

Student sustainability action teams work with teachers to complete curriculum integrated projects to achieve specific school sustainability goals, develop leadership skills, and strengthen community partnerships.

Teachers and school community members have access to regular workshops providing both professional development and opportunities for mentoring.

 

Why participate in the ResourceSmart Schools program?

“Through consultation with our school community we set clear sustainability actions that were then incorporated in our School Strategic Plan. We started with the easy goals of compost and paper. I believe our sustainable practice has had a postive impact on enrolments We are very proud of our stars with ResourceSmart Schools and are committed to the sustainable goals we have set for the future.”

  • Julie Holden, Principal, Chewton Primary School

 

Impact and success of ResourceSmart Schools in the Loddon Mallee

Savings were achieved by deliberately reducing consumption through completion of actions from the ResourceSmart Schools module checklists. Together, our schools have made simple changes that have achieved outstanding results.

In 2018, Loddon Mallee Schools:

  • Saved $217,193.35
  • Generated 515,090 KwH of electricity
  • Reduced electricity use by 218,657 KwH
  • Diverted 698m3 from landfill
  • Saved 20,306kL of water
  • Planted 1,948 plants

 

Leadership schools in the Loddon Mallee

As schools progress through the ResourceSmart program, they receive star certification. Schools who have achieved 5 Stars have demonstrated leadership both within their student community and broader community and have made links with other schools to continue conversations and actions for sustainability.

3 Star Schools 4 Star Schools 5 Star Schools
Lancefield Primary School Colbinabbin Primary School Chewton Primary School
Wedderburn P12 College Lockwood South Primary School Eppalock Primary School
Newham Primary School
St Mary’s Primary School Castlemaine
Winter’s Flat Primary School

 

Support we offer to registered ResourceSmart Schools

There are many schools at the 2 stars and 3 stars levels and we are looking forward to supporting them to progress through to their next star levels.

The LMWRRG ResourceSmart Schools facilitators will support schools in a variety of ways:

  • Site visits to schools and 1:1 support with teachers and Professional Development with all staff
  • Hosting Professional Development workshops with guest speakers each term
  • Email and telephone contact
  • Providing resources to schools including lesson plans, templates for audits and action plans, online links, news on upcoming grant opportunities, and contact details for sustainability educators from across the region
  • A newsletter with school stories, school projects, achievements and potential projects each term
  • Facilitating community partnerships and mentoring with other schools
  • Providing opportunities for students to share their sustainability stories through the Student Sustainability Summit

 

2019 Events

2019 LMWRRG RSS Student Sustainability Summit

Date: Thursday 23rd May 2019

Location: Camp Hill Primary School

Time: 9am – 3pm

Register to attend by Friday 5th April 2019 by completing the Register to Attend form and returning to resourcesmart@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

Apply to present by Friday 22nd March 2019 by completing the Application to Present form and returning to  resourcesmart@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

Registrations are now OPEN.

The second Student Sustainability Summit (SSS) will be held this year during Education Week, on Thursday May 23rd 2019 at Camp Hill Primary School. We are still working on the details, but the Summit will be similar in format to last years, with schools leading the presentations, talking about the sustainability projects they have been involved in.

The theme for this year will be Campus, Curriculum, Community and Culture. We want to hear about projects that have helped to reduce waste to landfill, decreased water use, improved biodiversity, and reduced energy use. The projects may include some or all of these goals. Or it could be about raising awareness across the school and wider community about sustainability issues. Why this project? What was the issue being addressed? What have the students learned when undertaking these projects? What were the outcomes, and are they now embedded in the school culture?

Applications from schools to present at the conference are now open and close on Friday 22nd March 2019. Application forms can be download here.

Schools that wish to attend but not present are also welcome, with registrations to attend are now open. Registration forms can be downloaded here.

Please talk with your Principal and fellow staff members about attending this summit, mark it in the school calendar and submit your applications and registrations as soon as possible to secure your place. Places are limited to a maximum of 8 students per school plus two staff members.

The summit is free to attend. Students and staff will have to bring their own lunch, with coffee, tea, water and fruit available for everyone.

Look out for your invitation to the summit in the next week. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Sustainability in the Curriculum: Professional Development for Teachers

Date: Tuesday 19th March 2019

Location: St Francis of the Fields, 46 Blucher St, Strathfieldsaye VIC 3551

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

This term we will be running a Professional Development workshop for teachers on Tuesday March 19th 2019. The theme of the workshop will be Sustainability in the Curriculum. Dominique Dybala from Environment Education Victoria will bring her knowledge and experience on the topic to work with you on how to embed sustainability into the curriculum. She will use case studies and your own stories to help you to see where sustainability fits into your teaching and learning activities.

After lunch, a panel of sustainability educators from waste and resource recovery, biodiversity and water will talk about the work they do with schools and how they can assist you to achieve your ResourceSmart Schools goals.

The workshop will be held from 9.00am to 3.00pm and is FREE to attend at St Francis of the Fields Primary School. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

This project is funded by the Department of Education and Training’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).

To register your attendance, please email Ellen at resourcesmart@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

 

Find out more

To find out more about the ResourceSmart Schools Program or to register as a RSS school visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schools or contact the Loddon Mallee RSS team:

Ellen White: resourcesmart@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

Amy Henshaw: amy.henshaw@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au