The Zayed Sustainability Prize invites schools and students from Australia and the Oceania region to be part of a growing community of innovators, committed to developing impactful sustainability solutions.

We are seeking schools with innovative ideas for sustainability projects to submit an entry to the internationally esteemed Zayed Sustainability Prize. Proposed projects should showcase how sustainability can improve the school and its surrounding community. Sustainability areas can be in the area of Energy, Water, Food or Health, or a combination of these.

The winning high school in the East Asia / Pacific region will receive US$100,000 to implement their program.

Originally established by the United Arab Emirates leadership as the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2008, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is a global award inspired by the sustainability legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Since introducing the Global High School category in 2013, thirty-five high schools across the globe have received US$100,000 to implement a sustainability program in their school.

Local Outreach partners provide support for entrants

Melbourne-based Business Outlook Evaluation are the Oceania Outreach Partners for the Zayed Sustainability Prize. Our job is to support high schools with their entries to the prize, a service we can offer free of charge. We are able to assist schools by:

  • providing a sounding board for developing the components of your project
  • provide detailed advice on how to structure a submission
  • review and edit a draft entry

Winning the Prize can be transforming for a school.

The experience of being a finalist or just the process of entering the prize, can assist schools to imagine the possibilities for sustainability learning in their school, and help map a path forward. Significantly, the process can be life changing for the students involved.

Apply for 2020

For the empowerment of the current and future generations, applications close 30 May 2019.

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Winner case studies

Read the case studies from previous Australian and New Zealand School winners and finalists.

Zayed Sustainability Prize – past winners

2019 Winner - Muntinlupa National High School

Zayed Future Energy Prize – past winners

2018 Winner – Motufoua Secondary School

2017 Winner - Huonville High School

2016 Winner - Cashmere High School

2015 Winner - Melbourne Girls College

2014 Winner - Tonga High School