Some ResourceSmart Schools facts and figures:
- More than 1300 Victorian schools have signed up to ResourceSmart Schools.
- Between 2008 and 2013, Victorian schools saved over $5.2 million on energy costs, with an average annual saving of $1.3 million dollars.
- There are twenty-six 5 Star schools.
What do schools say?
There are many benefits to being part of ResourceSmart Schools. But don’t just take our word for it. Read our case studies below to find out what schools say about this initiative.
St Therese has saved $20,000 since 2009 through resource saving efficiencies. Keeping track of their environmental data helps the school come up with money-saving ideas and spot and resolve anomalies in resource use.
Ballarat Grammar students can choose VCE subjects focused on environmental science and agriculture. Students run a number of environmental groups and initiatives with extensive links to the wider community.
Being a 5 Star school helps Chatham Primary distinguish itself from other schools in the area and encourages partnerships with the council and local community. Parents run an environmental committee and grade six students take on a leadership role, running classes for younger children and presenting to the school.
Elwood Primary School is making the most of the expert guidance offered by their ResourceSmart Schools facilitator to embed sustainability across all subjects. The school runs a kitchen garden program and offers experiential learning experiences in the local environment helping students to see that their actions make a difference.
Teachers and parents run a sustainability committee at this 5 Star school, saving money and resources, and teaching students valuable life skills. The school uses solar panels, energy efficient building design and smart technology to reduce electricity use.