• More than 1100 schools taking part in the ResourceSmart School Awards 2014
• Schools saving $5.3 million in energy costs over six years
• More than $40,000 prize money up for grabs
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today congratulated Poowong Kindergarten on being named one of the finalists for this year’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Poowong Kindergarten and I congratulate them for their efforts to incorporate sustainable practices within their kindergarten and community,” Mr Ryan said.
"The quality of their work means that Victoria's sustainable future is in good hands.
“It is pleasing to see that this year for the first time an early childhood category had been introduced.”
Mr Ryan said the Poowong Kindergarten had taken on some courageous and challenging initiatives, including developing a bush tucker sensory garden and participating in the ResourceSmart Early Childhood pilot project.
“The kindergarten is aiming to educate Poowong youngsters to become socially and environmentally responsible individuals and through hands-on engagement has raised the profile of sustainable practices in the local community,” he said.
Mr Ryan said that all schools that entered three or more resource modules, for example water, waste and energy will automatically be considered for Victoria’s overall ResourceSmart School of the Year award.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said more than 1100 Victorian schools were participating in the ResourceSmart Schools program, saving over $5.3million in energy costs over six years.
“In 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government committed $8.3 million over four years to build on the existing ResourceSmart schools framework,” Mr Smith said.
“We have added more than 400 schools to the program since then, one year ahead of schedule and more than half of Victoria’s schools are now covered by the program.
“I congratulate the finalists and wish them all good luck.”
The awards are part of Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools initiative, managed in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which helps schools embed sustainability into everyday activities.
Winners will be announced at the ResourceSmart Schools Awards Ceremony on Monday 8 September 2014 and finalists will share in more than $40,000 prize money which will support schools to grow their sustainability activities.
For a full list of finalists visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards.
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