Since 2014, St Joseph's has participated in the initiative 'ResourceSmart Schools'. This project guides the implementation of sustainability goals into our curriculum, operations and whole school community targets.
ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government initiative that helps our school to benefit from embedding sustainability in everything we do.During this initiative we will take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.ResourceSmart Schools will assist us to reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment.
ResourceSmart Schools will assist us to work towards a more sustainable way of life for school, students and the wider community. Involving students and teachers in real-life learning opportunities influences sustainable behaviour now and in the future. Students develop leadership and problem-solving skills and confidence in their ability to make a difference.
ResourceSmart Schools also has practical benefits such as cost savings. Between 2008 and 2013, Victorian schools saved over $5.2 million, with an average of $1.3 million dollars saved on energy bills.
Sustainability is about taking what we need to live now, while ensuring that future generations have the resources they need to survive and thrive.
Sustainability is not treated as a seperate learning area, but is integrated across all subjects to help students connect their learning with important issues in contemporary society.
Education for sustainability develops the knowledge, skills, values and worldviews necessary for students to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.
At St Joseph's, our teacing staff make meaningful links between sustainability and all areas of the curriculum.