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.

 

ResourceSmart Schools in the Loddon Mallee Region

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 50 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 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.

3 Star Schools 4 Star Schools 5 Star Schools
Lancefield Primary School Lockwood South Primary School Chewton Primary School
Wedderburn P12 College Colbinabbin 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

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

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 let Amy or Ellen know. 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 RSS visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schools or contact the Loddon Mallee team:

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

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

Carlie Guinan: carlie.guinan@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au 

 

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Upcoming Events

  • 29Oct

    Sustainability in the Curriculum – Professional Development for teachers

    Are you a teacher in the Loddon Mallee region? Are you working on sustainability initiatives at your school and want to learn more?

    Join Environment Education Victoria and Loddon Mallee ResourceSmart Schools for this professional development day for primary and secondary school teachers.

    The day will include:

    • Overview of the ResourceSmart Schools program
    • Learning from case studies and school stories
    • Sustainability in the Victorian Curriculum – making the links
    • Tools and resources to expand your sustainability practices
    • Working on school plans for 2020
    • Tour and talk with host school

    Registrations are required for this event, please book via the link below:

    https://bit.ly/2GVPw11

  • 18Nov

    Professional Development for Teachers

    One of the key modules in the ResourceSmart Schools program is the Energy Module.

    This Professional Development workshop will update your knowledge and skills on energy, with practical tips on how to develop and embed sustainable energy use in your classroom and school.

    Cost: FREE.

    Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements or other special needs by emailing resourcesmart@lmwrrg.vic.gov.au

    Registrations are required for this event, please book via the link below:

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/loddon-mallee-resourcesmart-schools-energy-workshop-tickets-77235931751