Entries have closed for the 2016 ResourceSmart Schools Awards, Victoria's largest sustainability awards program celebrating the achievements of schools and early childhood services. This year's finalists will be announced in October 2016.

We have collaborated with Museums Victoria to deliver a dynamic and interactive learning experience for students and teachers at the awards event in November. It's set to be a big showcase of sustainability stories and a big showcase of prizes!



Awards benefits:

  • All finalists and winners will share in prizes
  • All finalists are invited to the Awards event (including workshops and ceremony) in Term 4
  • All participants receive a certificate of participation from Sustainability Victoria
  • All finalist and winners efforts will be promoted by Sustainability Victoria.

Helpful information, web pages and links below to start your entry:




Thank you to our 2016 ResourceSmart Schools Awards sponsors for their support.

Categories

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

The student action team that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability action based on the following criteria:

  1. Student Action Team's role and responsibility (200 max words)
    • What are the Student Action Team's key roles and responsibilities in sustainability since July 2015 - 2016?
    • Who is the leading student of the Student Action Team?
  2. Student Action Team achievements (200 max words)
    Describe the achievement(s) relating to and resulting in behavioural change since July 2015 - 2016 that were led by the Student Action Team. Specify the timeframe it was completed.
  3. Student Action Team creating positive change (200 max words)
    What actions have the Student Action Team undertaken as a group to outlined in question two? Please specify the date each action took place. You may like to use bullet points for each action.
  4. Student Action Team's leadership in the community (200 max words)
    What qualities and skills have the Student Action Team shown to influence change and motivate the school, local communities and/or regional area?
  5. Challenges (100 max words)
    Describe one challenge the Student Action Team encountered between 1 July 2015 - 2016 and the solution they used to overcome it.
  6. Impact (200 max words)
    Describe the direct impact that the StudentAction Team has had on their school, regional area and/or local communities. Include impact on behavioural change. How were the significant impacts achieved? We recommend you include comments from students, parents, teachers and/or community members.
  7. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should this Student Action Team be chosen? What makes them unique? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 max words) or less. Instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video.

The teacher that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability action based on the following criteria:

  1. Involvement in the school community (200 max words)
    What were the teacher's key roles and responsibilities in sustainability at their school since July 2015-2016?
  2. Teacher's actions to create positive change (200 max words)
    List three key actions where the teacher has shown to create positive change in sustainability at their school?
  3. Leadership qualities (200 max 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?
  4. Impact (200 max words)
    Describe the impact this teacher has had on people within their school community. We recommend that you include comments from students, parents and/or teachers.
  5. Broader community engagement (200 max words)
    Is the teacher involved in other sustainability groups and projects within the broader community? Please describe the initiatives, roles/responsibilities of the teacher and key achievements in the community.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should this teacher be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 max words) or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a short video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

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

  1. Achievement (100 max words)
    What is your school's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015 - 2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your school take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your school faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your school's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your school be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

The student action team that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability action based on the following criteria:

  1. Student Action Team's role and responsibility (200 max words)
    • What are the Student Action Team's key roles and responsibilities in sustainability since July 2015 - 2016?
    • Who is the leading student of the Student Action Team?
  2. Student Action Team achievements (200 max words)
    Describe the achievement(s) relating to and resulting in behavioural change since July 2015 - 2016 that were led by the Student Action Team. Specify the timeframe it was completed.
  3. Student Action Team creating positive change (200 max words)
    What actions have the Student Action Team undertaken as a group to outlined in question two? Please specify the date each action took place. You may like to use bullet points for each action.
  4. Student Action Team's leadership in the community (200 max words)
    What qualities and skills have the Student Action Team shown to influence change and motivate the school, local communities and/or regional area?
  5. Challenges (100 max words)
    Describe one challenge the Student Action Team encountered between 1 July 2015 - 2016 and the solution they used to overcome it.
  6. Impact (200 max words)
    Describe the direct impact that the StudentAction Team has had on their school, regional area and/or local communities. Include impact on behavioural change. How were the significant impacts achieved? We recommend you include comments from students, parents, teachers and/or community members.
  7. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should this Student Action Team be chosen? What makes them unique? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 max words) or less. Instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video.

The teacher that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability action based on the following criteria:

  1. Involvement in the school community (200 max words)
    What were the teacher's key roles and responsibilities in sustainability at their school since July 2015-2016?
  2. Teacher's actions to create positive change (200 max words)
    List three key actions where the teacher has shown to create positive change in sustainability at their school?
  3. Leadership qualities (200 max 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?
  4. Impact (200 max words)
    Describe the impact this teacher has had on people within their school community. We recommend that you include comments from students, parents and/or teachers.
  5. Broader community engagement (200 max words)
    Is the teacher involved in other sustainability groups and projects within the broader community? Please describe the initiatives, roles/responsibilities of the teacher and key achievements in the community.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should this teacher be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 max words) or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a short video instead.

The early childhood service that best demonstrates a commitment to sustainability based on the following criteria:

  1. Achievements (200 max words)
    What is your early childhood service's most significant achievement(s) since July 2015-2016?
  2. Actions (300 max words)
    What actions did your early childhood service take to reach the achievement(s) listed in question one? Specify the date/ time period each action took place.
  3. Challenges (300 max words)
    Describe the major challenges your early childhood service faced during the project, and the solution(s) implemented to overcome the challenges.
  4. People involved (200 max words)
    Who was involved in your early childhood service's sustainability actions/ activities and what were their responsibilities?
  5. Learnings (300 max words)
    How have these initiatives and activities improved student understanding of the chosen category? Include comments from at least five students, parents and/or teachers to show what they have learnt.
  6. Make your pitch (100 max words)
    Why should your early childhood service be chosen? This is your opportunity to make your entry competitive in 100 words or less or instead of writing your pitch, you may like to make a video instead.

This is the most prestigious award of the ResourceSmart Schools Awards program. This is awarded to the school that has achieved the most outstanding results in sustainability and leadership. To be eligible for this category you must enter at least three categories open to schools, and demonstrate why your school is an inspiration to other schools and the Victorian community.