St Patrick's Primary School has been a member of the ResourceSmart framework since 2015. In 2016 we received our AWAKENING STAR. In 2018 we attained our DISCOVERY STAR, through the Waste Module, making St Patrick's a 2 star sustainability school. We are currently working on the Transforming star, through continuing to reduce the amount of waste produced, and by aiming to become more water wise.
What is ResourceSmart?
It is an initiative that helps schools become more sustainable – reducing their costs and creating real-life learning opportunities. The ResourceSmart Schools Framework helps schools reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a realistic environment.
What is involved?
Schools take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What’s so good about being involved?
As part of the framework schools can reach for the stars and receive recognition with Sustainability Certification.
Schools save money on energy, waste and water bills – and greenhouse gas emissions.
Students learn valuable lessons about sustainable action.
Schools aim to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Schools can also position themselves as community leaders and network with other schools and environmental partners.
The aim in the Core Module is to develop whole school sustainability action plans for each resource area (biodiversity, energy, waste and water), to manage our resource consumption through the online system and to ensure our actions align with the checklists and resources provided.
The aim in the Waste Module is to practice excellent principles of reducing, reusing and recycling; and to reduce the cost of rubbish management. We aim to develop a Waste Wise culture within the school community and to ensure our environments are well maintained.
The aim in the Energy Module is to REDUCE the school community’s energy consumption and therefore to reduce the cost of our energy use. We aim to develop an Energy Wise culture within the school community to ensure we are reducing our school impact on the environment.
The aim in the Water Module is to REDUCE the school community’s water consumption and therefore to reduce the cost of our water use. We aim to develop a Water Wise culture within the school community to ensure we all understand the precious nature of water.
The aim in the Energy Module is to INCREASE the school community’s biodiversity. We aim to plant more, attract more wildlife, minibeasts and insects to our school, and develop an understanding of the importance of nature to our lives.