Learning for Life Checklist

The Learning for Life Award grant is awarded on a competitive basis to one school each year.

When completing your application for the Learning for Life Award, you may find the below points helpful in addressing all the criteria.

  1. What you will use the funds for:

    Will implementing this project assist with any of the following? (tick all that apply):

    • Reducing waste
    • Increased water efficiency/saving drinking water
    • Increased energy efficiency
    • Encouraging biodiversity
  2. How will your proposed project encourage positive changes in sustainable behaviour? (tick all that apply and refer to them in your application)


    • Waste avoidance/reduction generally (waste free days, BYO water bottle)
    • Reuse (through composting, chooks, worm farms, veggie gardens)
    • Reuse/recycling of items that would normally head to landfill (e.g. soft plastic recycling)
    • Elimination of single-use items, especially plastics
    • Litter reduction

    Water efficiency

    • Reporting of leaks at school facilities by students/staff
    • Increased mindfulness of water use
    • Sustainable school/garden watering times (early morning)
    • Efficient use of washing appliances
    • Reduction of wasted water including embedded water (water used to produce items like bottled water)

    Energy efficiency

    • Dressing for the weather
    • Turning off appliances and lights, fans etc. when not in use
    • Opening/closing windows, use of blinds for temperature regulation
    • Sustainable temperature setting


    • Locally sourced native plants for school grounds
    • Native bird and bee attracting landscaping
    • Establishing native bee hotels
    • Choosing to grow seasonal produce in school gardens
    • Complements any adjoining nature reserves
    • Caring for adjoining nature reserves, beaches and river systems
    • Litter reduction
  3. How will your project have a positive outcome for the environment?

    Will implementing the project assist with outcomes such as (tick all that apply):

    • Reduced items heading to landfill
    • Reducing green-house gases by avoiding organics heading to landfill
    • Reduction of littered items that can harm wildlife
    • Clean water ways
    • Reduced wastage of drinking water
    • Reduced reliance on non-renewable energy
    • Reduced air pollution
    • Removal of environmental weeds from immediate environment and surrounds
    • Protection of native wildlife species
    • Improve community awareness of environmental issues
  4. How does this project complement existing sustainable practices in your school? (tick all that apply)

    Examples may include things like (and you may have others you can refer to)
  • School's procurement policy-purchase of recycled paper, sustainable packaging etc
  • Maintenance of grounds, policy use of fertilisers, chemicals
  • Environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Waste management at the school
  • Sustainable landscaping choices,
  • Policies on one use plastic packaging
  • Designated Nude Food Days
  • No single use plastic policy in school canteen
  • Choosing energy providers that use 100% renewable energy
  • “No Balloon” Policy at your school