Sustainable schools

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We are proud to support schools and other early years groups to educate young people about sustainable living in Yarra Ranges.

View a list of current sustainability programs available for schools and early years groups.

Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL)

The Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL) delivers activities to support schools and early years. EASL's goal is to engage with the community in sustainability activities and help schools embed sustainability into their curriculum and operations.

EASL offers a range of events including:

  • workshops for teachers, educators, staff and volunteers invovled in sustainability education in schools and early learning"

  • a biennial 'Learning for Sustainability' conference for staff from eastern region schools/early years, with keynote speakers, workshops and a 'trade fair' (visit EASL for events) 

  • a biennial student leadership event for school students across the eastern region

Attending EASL events can be counted as professional development hours for teacher registration purposes. 

To find out about upcoming EASL events, subscribe to the EASL e-news at

Find the program’s online resources for your school at

ECOSS Earth Education Schools Program

Yarra Valley ECOSS is a community environment park based in Wesburn, near Warbuton. ECOSS provide sustainability incursions and excursions through their Earth Education program.

Find out more about ECOSS and the Earth Education Program.

Free Recycling bins for schools and early years

Yarra Ranges Council supports recycling education by providing four free recycling bins to schools and early years centres.

To find out more about this offer, email

ResourceSmart Schools

ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government program that assists schools to embed sustainability in everything that they do. 

Find more information and register for this program or contact Annette Anderson at


VISY Recycling Education

Visy has teamed up with Cool Australia to develop free recycling education resources to teachers and schools in Yarra Ranges Council and other municipalities serviced by VISY Recycling.

The resources, prepared by leading Australian curriculum designers in collaboration with Visy, includes 32 free and effective curriculum-based lesson plans focused on the best ways to recycle, demystifying the collection process and what happens to the recovered materials once delivered to a Visy sorting facility. 
The resources are for students from Early Learning to Year 10.

VISY offers a limited number of free recycling education sessions to Yarra Ranges schools and community groups.

The session covers:

  • Why recycling is important
  • What materials belong in the household recycling bin
  • How to reduce waste going to landfill
  • How recyclables are sorted at VISY
  • What VISY makes with recycled materials

Education sessions are 90 minutes long and are held at VISY Board in Dandenong South. The session is suited to students from Grade 3 upwards, as well as adult groups (max. 30 people per group, and max. two groups may visit from a school/community group as part of this offer). 

Transport to and from the VISY site in Dandenong South is the responsibility of the school or community group.

For enquiries or bookings, please complete the online form available on the VISY Education website and the VISY Education Manager will contact you.