LPS Point of Difference - Resource Smart

 ResourceSmart Schools

is a Victorian Government program that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do, and take action on climate change. It provides a platform for schools to track their sustainability journey, identify savings and be rewarded by achieving sustainability modules and stars.

 

 

ResourceSmart Schools has 5 modules to help schools track their sustainability journey and identify savings made. Core is the foundation module to be completed first. The other four modules are energy, waste, water and biodiversity, which can be completed at any time.

 

 

Lancefield Primary School has a strong commitment to becoming a more sustainable school. Being a ResourceSmart School is helping our students understand that the impact their actions have on their environment is very important, as they are the custodians of the future.

 

 

Our Journey so far…

 

In 2013, we registered with SWEP

(School’s Water Efficiency Program) to monitor how much water we were using.

 

 

In 2014, we registered with the ResourceSmart Schools, completed the Core Module and were successful in our application for the Energy Efficiency Grant and the Local Landscape Enhancement Grant to complete a Biodiversity Project. We started a Student Green Team with representatives from each year level and set up a Sustainability Team of teachers and parents.

 

 

In 2015, we put in place changes from our Energy Audit including replacing old, inefficient electrical products, using timers for recharging devices, sealing gaps and vents, creating an airlock to keep heat in and cold out and replacing external security lighting to LED lighting.  we now send newsletters, notes and reminders through the Skoolbag app, which sends messages directly through to smart phones.

 

 

In 2016, we completed our Biodiversity Project, our “Indigenous Flora and Fauna Corridor”. Our idea was to develop the area adjacent to the school grounds and link it to the existing wetlands. This area was weed infested and not utilized by either the school or the community. It was muddy and waterlogged in places making access to the wetlands difficult. We wanted to redirect stormwater into bioswales so that our wetlands were wet again, incorporate indigenous plants and create pathways, boardwalks and seating, to increase the use of the area by both students and the broader community. Throughout the year the students, parents and staff with Deep Creek Landcare and Mount William Advanced Tree Nursery planting in excess of 2000 trees, bushes and grasses.

 

 

We are very proud of the indigenous grass labyrinth. Every student spent a misty morning in the middle of winter working with parents, teachers and staff from Deep Creek Landcare to create this area. ‘Bunjil’s Nest’ which is in the centre of the labyrinth was not part of our initial plans but developed as part of a study of aboriginal culture where students created messages about looking after the environment.