The Member for Northern Victorian Region, Candy Broad is asking all schools in the Region, to commit to the environment by entering the 2010 Victorian ResourceSmart School of the Year Awards.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to address the challenges facing our environment and encourages all Victorians to also do their part for the environment,” Ms Broad said.
“And by recognising the Victorian schools that are leading the way on sustainability, it encourages others to follow their example.”
This year’s awards including the Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge offers $50,000 in prizes to assist schools with sustainability projects. The Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge, encourages students to bring lunches without any wrapping on 21 July 2010 to promote good sustainability practices.
In 2009, there were 131 entries from 87 primary and secondary schools in Victoria, with the winning schools sharing a total prize pool of money, gifts and travel valued at more than $50,000.
“The 15 winning schools from last year have been exemplary and this year we encourage more schools to enter to showcase their achievements and share their experiences of sustainability education.” Ms Broad said.
Schools can enter any of the five categories:
- Biodiversity Smart School
- Energy Smart School
- Water Smart School
- Waste Smart School
- Community and Partnerships Smart School
The Awards have expanded this year to recognise the partnerships made with the community to achieve environmental outcomes.
The awards, developed by Sustainability Victoria, recognise Victorian schools achievements in working towards a sustainable future. The awards ask participating school students to develop initiatives for their schools that help them become more environmentally friendly.
Sustainability Victoria works with a network of organisations, including the Department of Education and early Childhood Development to make the awards a success,
Schools entering three or more of the ResourceSmart categories will automatically be considered for the ResourceSmart School of the Year Award.
There will be separate judging categories for primary and secondary schools, however only one school will be recognised as the overall winner.
The ResourceSmart School of the Year winner will also be invited to the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in 2011 to receive special acknowledgement from the Premier.
Entries close on 25 August, with the awards ceremony being held in October at BMW edge in Federation Square.
For further information on the ResourceSmart awards visit www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_educators/rebates_and_grants_2433.html