The Schools For a
Sustainable Future project is about encouraging and assisting schools
and the local community to develop and maintain practical environmental
projects that fulfil the following criteria:
- Projects that are sustained
and result in ongoing changes to the operation of the school or local
community. These changes would be ones that improve the quality
of our environment and preserve or restore our natural resources.
- Projects with quality educational
outcomes. These should be stated at the planning, implementing
and operational stages of the project.
- Involvement of the local community
in the activity. This will be encouraged if your actions are
publicized and recognised.
- Creative activities that capture
the imagination of the students, teachers and local community and
earn the school the reputation of being a School For a Sustainable
Seminar of Schools For a Sustainable Future.
An opportunity to see how schools are currently developing environmental
projects to examine the resources of a wide range of environmental education
groups and to discover fund raising opportunities for your project.
for Victorian Assocation for Environmental Education
March 23rd 1998. A
day to help schools set up environment clubs and learn about a wide
range of projects from environmental education groups.
For a Sustainable Future
- Worming into the Community consultant, Joseph Natoli,
can help establish worm and recycling programs in schools and can assist
with gaining recognition and support for your school's environmental
and other Resources
E.P.A Great overview of how schools can integrate
sustainable activities into the curriculum. This excellent booklet
will be provided for all schools that become supporters of Schools For
a Sustainable Future.
Victorian Environmental Education
Council and Gould League. Inspirational book of environmental
for Greening Schools.
Gould League. Great practical document to assist schools with
developing environmental education policy in their schools.
Mary Appelhof. Gould League. Excellent text
to use as a basis for integrating study of compost worms into the curriculum.
Gould League - EcoRecycle
(in production) A comprehensive kit that will be available to
schools in 1998 as part of the EcoRecycle Waste Wise project.
of the Environment Australia Report 1996
CSIRO Bookshop Landmark book
which examines the condition of the Australian Environment. A
gem of a book for teachers, senior students and the interested environmentalist.
Magazine November 1997.
Special Edition on the Future
of our Earth. A publication that provides a great basis for apeciating
the environmental problems we need to address.
Education Organisations. This is a
list of some of the organisations that may be able to assist your school
with an environmental project.For a comprehensive Directory of Environmental
education contacts please see Victorian Association of Environmental
education. Phone +61 03 9428 9812.
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. Phone: +61 03 9650
7883. Contact Libby Anthony. ATA offers energy and waste
education programs to schools and community groups.
Trust for Conservation Volunteers,
P.O. Box 423, Ballarat, Australia, 3350. Phone: +61 03
533 1483. Contact John Fenton. Coordinates volunteers
in a range of hands- on conservation work. Provides opportunities
for schools to be actively involved in its projects.
8 Lee Street, Brunswick, Australia, 3057. Phone: +61
03 9387 2609. Contact Eric Bottomley. Wide range of Community
action and environmental projects.
Stream Watch, Vault
11 Banana Alley Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia. Phone:
+61 03 9287 7169. Contact Simon Fell. A program that actively
involves students in monitoring the conditions of our water systems.
Street, Melbourne, Australia. Phone: +61 03 9229 6164.
Contact Kim Blackmore. Extensive range of educational resources
- Gould League,
Genoa Street, Moorabbin, Australia, 3189. Phone: +61 03 9532
0909. Contact Alan Mayberry. Information and resources
on recycling, waste minimisation, natural history and environmental
education. Excellent range of books.
Resources Conservation League,
593 Springvale Road, Springvale, Australia, 3172. Phone: +61
03 9546 9744.
- Zoo Education
P.O Box 74, Parkville, Australia, 3052. Phone: +61 03 9285 9355.
Environmental Education lessons, professional development programs
and an emphasis on preserving biodiversity and endangered species.
farm, paper recycling and container recycling programs:
activities which also focus on reducing the wastes your school generates:
Setting up a School
Environment Club. A good spingboard to implement and establish
a water tank for use in an organic vegetable garden. Incorporating
maths in measuring how much water goes into the tank. Use in
conjunction with an external worm farm.
Suppliers of watertanks
ex Economy Tanks. 1800 227 466.
Energy Audit around the school. Implement energy saving technologies
farming or a permaculture garden.
to conserve energy, water and recycle in the home.
Yarra Valley Water.
Phone: (03) 9872 1671; Energy
Victoia. Phone: (03) 9412 5630
bird boxes as part of restoring or enhancing your local environmen.
The Gould League has produced
a great set of booklets to assist schools in this project.
ecosystems on school grounds that can restore local environments.
Wetlands, forests, reintroduction of native vegetation.
League amonst others offers excellent resources for such a project.
Watch programs which can help restore local waterways.