Completing modules

ResourceSmart Schools has five modules. Core is the foundation module and must be completed first. You can complete the other four modules in any order, or even at the same time.

Nine steps to module completion

  1. Start the module
  2. Record two years of data on past resource usage to set your baseline data
  3. Complete required actions
  4. Upload billing data, documents and add comments to the online system
  5. Track your progress using our inbuilt Sustainability Certification
  6. Submit for verification: when you complete the required number of actions a ‘submit for review’ button appears, sending a request to the facilitator and assessor
  7. Certify your module: the assessor asks Sustainability Victoria to review your application and certify that you have completed the module
  8. Print your certificate
  9. Celebrate with your school and community!

Module actions

Each module includes a minimum number of actions for completion as shown below.

Module

Description

Min. Actions

Core Evaluate where you are, where you want to get to, and how you will get there. 24 of 24
Biodiversity Protect and improve the land (school grounds and surrounds), the local ecosystem, and plant and animal habitats. 34 of 48
Energy Work on energy conservation, energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality. 26 of 65
Waste Implement a planned approach to waste management to maximise reuse of materials and minimise waste sent to landfill. 47 of 63
Water Improve water usage in the school grounds and the community through river health, waterway protection and coastal care. 32 of 57

 

The five modules

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Core Module

The Core Module sets the groundwork for your sustainability journey. It helps you evaluate where you are, where you want to get to, and how you will get there. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational: Create a snapshot of how your school is approaching sustainability by gathering baseline data, reviewing curriculum, infrastructure and daily operations and recognising prior achievements and opportunities for improvement. Use this data to plan how you will embed sustainability principles throughout the school and to set up a framework to track your school’s progress and achievements.
  2. Learning and teaching: Create a plan to build sustainability into teaching and learning and support teachers to embed sustainability into the curriculum.
  3. Whole school community engagement: Tell the whole school community about the fantastic work you are doing and share your learning to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

The Core Module has 24 actions. To complete the module, you need to complete all 24 actions. To see the full list of actions, download the Core Module Checklist or login to your account.

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Biodiversity Module

The Biodiversity Module helps your school to protect and improve the land (school grounds and surrounds), the local ecosystem, and plant and animal habitats. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational: Assess the way your school uses its natural resources through a biodiversity audit, create a biodiversity improvement plan and manage habitats in your grounds.
  2. Learning and teaching: Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning and taking action to conserve and increase biodiversity in schools.
  3. Whole school community engagement:  Engage the whole school in energy smart behaviour and liaise with your community, government, biodiversity networks and/or other schools.

The Biodiversity Module has 48 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 34 actions. To see the full list of actions, download the Biodiversity Module Checklist or login to your account.

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Energy Module

The Energy Module helps your school reduce energy use and save on bills. Schools work on energy conservation, energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational: Audit your energy use, create an energy plan and manage energy use in the school grounds through retrofitting, new technology and maintenance.
  2. Learning and teaching: Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning how to be more sustainable users of energy.
  3. Whole school community engagement: Engage the whole school in energy smart behaviour and liaise with your community, government, energy networks and/or other schools.

The Energy Module has 65 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 26 actions. To see the full list of actions, download the Energy Module Checklist or login to your account.

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Waste Module

The Waste Module helps your school minimise waste sent to landfill through the operational practices of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, and save on bills. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational: Assess how waste is managed in your school using audits and litter assessments. Create a waste and litter reduction plan, learn to manage litter in your grounds and school yard (e.g. food and garden waste) and improve management of recyclables.
  2. Learning and teaching: Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning to manage waste and resources more effectively.
  3. Whole school community engagement: Encourage the whole school to work on biodiversity by engaging teachers, students, parents and the wider community.

The Waste Module has 63 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 47 actions. To see the full list of actions, download the Waste Module Checklist or login to your account.  

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Water Module

The Water Module helps your school reduce water use and save on bills. Your school will improve water use in the school grounds and the community through river health, waterway protection and coastal care. It involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational: Save water by assessing the way water is used in your school through audits, creating a water plan, managing water usage in your grounds and school yard, retrofitting and new technology as well as maintenance.
  2. Learning and teaching: Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning to be more sustainable users of water.
  3. Whole school community engagement: Embed sustainability and being water smart into the life of your school and wider community.  

The Water Module has 57 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 32 actions. To see a full list of water actions, download the Water Module Checklist  or login to your account.

Useful links for completing modules