Sustainability in schools

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Explore our range of resources, grants and programs to get started on improving sustainability at your school.

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Brimbank sustainability in schools programs

Seedlings in schools

This fantastic program offers vegetable and herb seedlings to schools and early learning centres within Brimbank at no charge. Each school campus or early learning centre can order a limited number of punnets which will be delivered to you at no charge. This program is typically run once or twice per year.

Contact our Environmental Education team at Environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au to enquire

Wildflowers in schools

As a part of the program, we are offering 50 wildflower seedlings per school to 15 schools in Brimbank. Contact our Environmental Education team at Environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au to enquire.

Compost revolution

Schools can purchase heavily discounted compost bins and worm farms via Compost Revolution. Complete the Google form link and a representative from Compost Revolution will confirm your order and organise a purchase order payment.

Teachers environment network (TEN)

Join the Brimbank Teachers Environment Network and participate in professional development workshops that will inspire you and other teachers to engage with students on environmental and sustainability issues.

The network meets twice a year. All are welcome including, school staff, educators, teacher aides and playgroup leaders – at no charge.

Watch our webinars

We've adapted our teacher professional development workshops into a series of webinars for teachers.

To join the network and be notified of all upcoming workshops, subscribe to our quarterly schools bulletin.

Recycling bins in schools program

Each school in Brimbank is entitled to a maximum of 10 recycling bins, the first 6 are provided at no charge and additional bins attract a one-off bin purchase and delivery fee, to find out more email environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au.

Climate oasis in schools

 

Many schools within Brimbank can be uncomfortable places to be in on hot days. They are dominated by heat-absorbing surfaces like concrete and brick walls. Increasing the amount of vegetation on school campuses is a simple way to provide cooling and improve the mental and physical health of the school community.

Last year, almost 60 students from a total of two Brimbank schools, participated in the Climate Oasis in Schools Pilot Program. The program received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participating teachers and students, so we’re running a revamped version between late-February to June 2024.

As part of this program, students participate in a few co-design workshops whereby they work with a Council Officer from the Environment Department to design a landscape masterplan that would transform their school into a green and cool climate oasis, thereby improving the school's liveability and supporting local biodiversity.

Applications closed February 2024. To learn more about the program, please contact Environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Additional resources

Victorian and National Programs

ResourceSmart Schools (RSS) is an award-winning, free program offered by Sustainability Victoria that helps Victorian schools incorporate sustainability throughout their curriculum, communities and school facilities. Visit the RSS website to access online learning modules and register to become a ResourceSmart School.

Environment Education Victoria (EEV) offers numerous online learning resources and state-wide professional development workshops. Visit the EEV website to see what’s on offer.

School Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) helps schools find leaks, save water and encourage water education by providing Victorian schools with data loggers. Visit the SWEP website to learn more, register your school and access learning resources.

The ClimateClever initiative can help you measure and reduce your schools carbon and environmental impact. Visit The ClimateClever website to join the program and access curriculum resources.

Water Watch is a community engagement program connecting you with river health, and water sustainability and management. Visit the Water Watch website to access online resources and get involved.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program can offer advice and support on building a kitchen garden at school. Visit the Kitchen Garden's website to access grants, online resources and get involved.

Citizen science

Biodiversity

Climate and energy

Waste and recycling

Water

  • Melbourne Water: Browse learning resources by year level (Foundation-Year 10) and explore resources by curriculum area. Check out Melbourne Water’s feature programs and resources including; River Detectives, Western Treatment Plant virtual tour and Drip Trip: the game.
  • City West Water: classroom incursions, Do-It-Yourself presentations, curriculum resources and downloadable classroom worksheets.
  • Water management learn about water supply, storage and use in Brimbank and how we can use water more efficiently.
  • Brimbank Schools Sustainability Water Resources: Foundation - Year 2Year 3 - 4Year 5 - 6
  • Brimbank Schools Sustainability Resources, The Story of Water: Powerpoint

Sustainable systems

Last updated: 7 June 2024 - 10:43am