Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy, is encouraging schools in Melbourne’s west to enter the 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards.

“The ResourceSmart Schools Awards celebrate the efforts local students, teachers and parents are making to positively impact the environment,” Ms Hennessy said.

ResourceSmart Schools is a free program offered by Sustainability Victoria that supports Victorian schools to embed sustainability across school facilities, curriculum and wider community while saving resources and money.

Since 2008, the program has engaged more than 1,300 schools across the state to collectively save over $24 million dollars and avoid creating more than 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

The ResourceSmart Schools Awards recognise projects that are minimising waste, saving energy and water, increasing biodiversity and tackling climate change.

The Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program and are open to all Victorian government, independent and Catholic schools.

The 2019 Award categories are:

  • ResourceSmart School of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year (Primary/ Secondary)
  • Community Leadership School of the Year (Primary/ Secondary)
  • Student Action Team of the Year (Primary/ Secondary)
  • Curriculum Leadership School of the Year (Primary/ Secondary)
  • Campus Infrastructure School of the Year

“These awards are a great way to celebrate young Victorians and school communities who are coming up with practical ideas to reduce their environmental footprint – while also sharing these learnings beyond the school gate.”

“Altona District schools were already among some of the best in the state when it comes to making a positive impact on their environment.

“We’ve seen local students take on leadership roles and have a direct input into their school’s environmental plans, taking pride in the achievements of the whole school and sharing their sustainable ideas with their families and communities at home.”, Ms Hennessy said.

Applications are open until Monday 1 April. Apply today at