Local MP David Hodgett today encouraged schools in Croydon to sign up to the Victorian Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic schools initiative and share in $200,000 of grants up for grabs.

Mr Hodgett said more than 200 grants of up to $10,000 are available for Victorian schools in Croydon to help them put in place energy and cost saving measures.

“Grants are available to help Victorian schools undertake energy audits and install energy saving equipment such as energy efficient light bulbs, door and window draught seals, small wind generators, or replace less energy efficient appliances,” Mr Hodgett said.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Resource Smart AuSSI Vic is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s focus on practical, local action that delivers real results for local communities and the environment.

“Simple energy-saving measures like this can make a big difference in savings for a school community,” Mr Smith said.

“Over the past six years, ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic schools have collectively saved over $5.2 million in energy costs, averaging $1.3 million a year.”

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the program empowers schools to embed sustainability across all teaching areas as part of the curriculum.

“As well as reducing costs, this program gives Victorian students the opportunity to learn about sustainable living, and encourage environmentally friendly behaviour in the classroom and at home,” Mr Dixon said.

“Schools signing up to the program will also be able to track their achievements and milestones online, identify savings made, and become formally certified and recognised for their efforts”.

Applications for the Energy Efficiency Grants close on 30 May 2014.

For more information or to apply for the Energy Efficiency Grants Program visit education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/infrastructure/pages/energygrant.aspx