- Tuesday, 30 May 2023 at 11:00 pm
Monday 5 June 2023 is World Environment Day. On the day, people from more than 150 countries will celebrate environmental action and the power of governments, businesses and individuals to create a more sustainable world.
This year marks the United Nations international event’s 50th anniversary and will focus on solutions to plastic pollution. More than 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, half of which are designed to be used only once.
The good news is that we have science and solutions to tackle the problem – and a lot is already happening.
The department is committed to being a climate-conscious organisation, making a significant and lasting impact, and being a force for positive change.
There are many practical and interesting ways to make your school more sustainable, which you and your students can get involved in by following our tips below.
How to take sustainability action in your school
1. Learn about interesting and practical topics to make your school more sustainable
Sustainability Victoria’s Education Team has lots of upcoming online events to support you and your students to learn more about sustainability and climate action in June.
The following events are open to all Victorian teachers:
- Thursday 1 June 2023: 10 actions you can take this Plastic Free July
- Wednesday 7 June 2023: After the Bell: Fashion Industry Impacts and Insights
- Thursday 8 June 2023: Tips and tricks to make your School Kitchen Garden thrive
- Thursday 22 June 2023: Waste Activities you can re-create with your students.
2. Join the ResourceSmart Schools Program
The free ResourceSmart Schools program from Sustainability Victoria supports schools to embed sustainability across their facilities, community and curriculum, while saving resources and money.
You can join the program at any time by registering on the ResourceSmart Schools website.
Get inspiration from others by reading about the great projects delivered by the finalists of the ResourceSmart Schools awards 2023. Congratulations to all entrants and finalists of the awards and good luck at the awards ceremony on Thursday 15 June 2023.
3. Access free programs and resources
There are great resources to help teachers, students and parents to learn about sustainability and tackle climate action. Here are some suggestions for how to get involved:
- take part in Plastic Free July access great resources developed especially for teachers
- get into AgSTEM and deliver a fun, hands-on, free education program that aims to connect studying STEM at school with high-tech skills for future careers in agriculture
- use some of Coastcare Victoria’s free lesson plans on caring for marine and coastal environments
- support your students to learn about climate change in a way that acknowledges any feelings of anxiety by using resources on Your Climate Superpowers
- apply for a Creative Learning Partnerships grant up to $35,000 to support your school to deliver a creative and sustainable project in partnership with a creative professional or organisation.
Find out more
For more information, refer to Sustainability Victoria.
For further enquiries, contact Kara Krusche, director, Working Places Strategy and Design: