SCHOOLS in the Echuca region still have time to apply for Sustainability Victoria’s Resource Smart Schools awards.
The awards, which close on July 31, recognise the effort schools put in to creating a more sustainable world through initiatives such as maintaining gardens and recycling waste.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the program centred on engaging children, teachers and school communities in sustainable living.
‘‘This program is part of a broad range of work being undertaken across government to take practical action on climate change,’’ he said.
‘‘What kids learn at school is taken home and households gain the opportunity to see how easy many environment-improving projects can be and how quickly we can all make a difference.’’
All non-government schools in Victoria are eligible to apply for any of the 16 categories, including:
■ Teacher of the year;
■ Energy school of the year;
■ Water school of the year;
■ Waste school of the year; and,
■ Student action team school of the year.
The awards will be presented at the Melbourne Museum in October.
Schools can enter online at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards