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. Schools participating in the program can access support to help them understand and implement sustainability across their curriculum”. Education Department, Sustainability Victoria

ResourceSmart Schools in the Loddon Mallee Region

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

Loddon Mallee WRRG coordinates and facilitates the ResourceSmart Schools program across the Loddon Mallee region, from Gisborne to Mildura, and from Maryborough to Kyabram. We support over 50 schools through the program, which is a framework that provides a series of actions across the school campus, curriculum and community. The program is for school staff, students and school communities to reduce resource (energy, water) use and 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 positive 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

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.

Support we offer to registered ResourceSmart Schools

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


Past Newsletters

Term 4, 2019

Term 3, 2019

Term 2, 2019

Term 1, 2019


Upcoming Events

Online webinar series

Each term, we deliver a Professional Development workshop for our schools. The aim of these workshops are to bring you information from other sustainability educators, provide updates about the program, and to give you an opportunities to hear from other schools about sustainability.

If you are interested in hosting one of these workshops in your school, please contact Ellen White. It’s a great opportunity for your school to show off what it is doing.


Find out more

To find out more about the ResourceSmart Schools Program or to register as a ResourceSmart School visit the Sustainability Victoria website or contact the Loddon Mallee team:

Ellen White:

Debbie Rovere:


Resources to help with each module


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