THE local Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, has congratulated Eppalock Primary School for reducing its environmental impact through the state government’s ResourceSmart Schools program.
Eppalock Primary School has been awarded ‘Five Star certification’ for completing the required ResourceSmart Schools modules in the program. The school also met benchmarks for energy, water and waste usage.
The ResourceSmart Schools program has helped more than 1,300 Victorian schools save more than $20 million through energy, waste and water savings.
It has also prevented more than 58,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere since 2008.
“This certification recognises the great work of the dedicated teachers and staff at Eppalock Primary School,” Mrs Allan said.
“The program gives kids a fantastic hands-on understanding of sustainability and the environment.
“Embracing a culture of sustainable living in our schools is incredibly important, and I thank all students, teachers and parents for contributing towards their certification.”
Thirty-five schools have received star ratings and certificates this school term. Victoria has over 700 schools with a ResourceSmart School certification, with nearly 50 of those schools achieving five stars.
Schools participating in the program are awarded up to five stars for completing modules in relation to water, waste, energy, biodiversity and provided with assistance from sustainability experts.
The state government delivered $4.4 million in the 2017/18 budget to expand the ResourceSmart Schools program.
For more information on Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Smart School Program visit resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au