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Education for Sustainability

What is It?

Embedding Education for Sustainability into curriculum

Assessing and evaluating Education for Sustainability activities

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources and Research

Support Networks


Frequently Asked Questions

A detailed set of Frequently Asked Questions is under development, collated from the Consultation Workshops currently being staged across the university.

If you have any queries or need curriculum advice, contact:
Robert Ford
Phone: +61 3 9919 8471
Mobile: 0401 640 302
Colin Hocking:
Phone: +61 3 9919 2322
Mobile: 0434 074183


Resources and Research

Key Policy and Frameworks resources:

Sustainability Victoria resources portal
National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability
Sustainability Education Australia-wide website: includes a searchable database of higher education programs and courses for students, and a critical catalogue of comprehensive resources and practical tools for educators, including vocational education and training
Industry Skills Councils' Joint Work portal, and their–

Environmental Sustainability: an Industry Response

Sustainability and Green Skills overview
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Green Skills Agreement 2009
Industry Skills Councils' Sustainability Skills outline
Climate Change and Skills for Sustainability portal
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency website
Innovation and Business Skills Australia
Sustainability Education Report
Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee policy on Education for Sustainable Development

Recent Federal News
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's News Release July 2011: Clean Energy Skills Package
Australian Government's 'Securing a Clean Energy Future' Plan: released July 2011
'Securing a Clean Energy Future' Plan Overview

Curriculum Resources in Sustainability:

VU's EfS Community of Practice Annotated Useful Texts List
ALTC (Australian Learning & Teaching Council) in-depth portal: Sustainability Resources for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
Sustainability Curriculum Framework: a guide for educational developers and educators
Queensland Government key curriculum resources

Key Curriculum resources and documents: the Natural Edge's (Australian group) collection
Iramoo @ VU's collection of useful Victorian links
ECOS Magazine's
critically-annotated Catalogue of Links and Resources
An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering

Embedded Sustainability Curriculum case study: the Gordon Culinary Institute
Integrating Sustainability in Marketing Curriculum
Professional Development for VET Practitioners in Sustainability Skills research report (download full report as .pdf)
A Tertiary Sustainability Curriculum Framework for New Zealand
Searchable Catalogue of Australian Sustainability Resources (books, articles, papers, research and reports)
The Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit: an easy-to-use manual for individuals and organisations from both the education and community sectors.
Climate Change and Skills for Sustainability DEEWR Resources Catalogue (Australian Government)

United Nations' Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Australian resources and research
An Australian Perspective on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Initiating the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Australia: Report of a National Symposium
The Australian Government Strategy 'Caring for our Future', for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
International Implementation Scheme for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Sustainability Skills Curriculum Guides/Resources:

ALTC's Teaching & Learning Sustainability curriculum resources (including teacher toolkits by discipline, and by issue, and key effective teaching tools and guides)
Business Services Learner Guide

Business Services Trainer Guide
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy teaching module
Sustainable IT:Reducing Carbon Footprint and Materials Waste in the IT Environment
Indigenous Concepts of Country and Sustainability teaching module
UNESCO Australia: Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: a multi-media professional development program for educators prepared by UNESCO on educating for a sustainable future
Victorian Carpentry Learner Guide
Victorian Carpentry Trainer Guide
Whole System Design:An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering
International courses related to the UN's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014
International Eco-Schools Programme
E-Waste Education Courses: curriculum resources for secondary and tertiary courses
Sustainability Victoria Product Life-Cycle Mapping Tool
A Catalogue of Australia-relevant sustainability publications
Macalester College's (USA) Sustainability Curriculum Resources List
International Association of Universities– Sustainable Development:
listing of international programs, research and projects
Guide to using research in Australian sustainability programs
An Australian online resource for climate change, sustainability and innovation info
Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability:
2011-2012 project materials

Sustainability Education Strategy Documents:

Skills Victoria Green Skills Strategy
Australian Universities and Sustainability
The Australian Government's Biodiversity Strategy 2010

Prof Ross Garnaut's Review 2011
Queensland's Educating for a Sustainable Future Strategy
An online Guide to sustainable living in Australia
University of Gloucestershire Sustainability Strategy
Developing a Sustainability Policy
Pacific Education for Sustainable Development Framework
Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
Sustainability in Curriculum through the United States of America
'Creating a sustainable community': the 2020 plan for the regional municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth in Canada.

Sustainability and the Trades:

COAG Green Skills Agreement
Sustainability Skills for the Carbon Challenge Initiative Research and Awards
Green Skills Training in Environmental Courses
Green Plumber
Green Painter
Green Builder

Other University Related Links:
(and please refer to the Support Networks section below)

Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) – sustainability in the tertiary sector in Australian and New Zealand.

The Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

The Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales.

The Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University.

Sustainability initiatives at the University of Wollongong.

Sustainability@MQ - The Macquarie University Sustainability Office.

The Climate Risk Core, Macquarie University.

Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN), campus environment collectives all over the continent working for a just and sustainable future.

National Centre for SustainabilitySwinburne courses

The Griffith University Ecocentre: set in the Toohey Forest, the Ecocentre houses teaching, exhibition and conference facilities, undertaking environmental education programmes, research, educational events and training seminars.

The Centre for Active Learning is a University of Gloucestershire Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning that supports sustainability learning as part of its promotion of innovative active learning based on inquiry and reflection

The Pedagogic Research and Scholarship Institute in the UK includes sustainability as one of the priority themes for staff pedagogic research

Griffith University Sustainability research and initiatives

The Higher Education Academy's (UK) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project helps institutions and subject communities develop curricula and pedagogy that will give students the skills and knowledge to live and work sustainably. Resources, network and research papers are available.

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) is a research unit within Anglia Ruskin University.  Managed by the Faculty of Science and Technology the unit encompasses sustainable research being undertaken across the University.


Conferences, Seminars, News Sites and etc.

6th World Environmental Education Congress website:
19 - 23 July 2011; Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Irrigation 2011: New Horizons, Fresh Ideas Conference
22 – 25 August; Launceston

Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations: Climate Change and Skills for Sustainability news site

Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) news site

ALTC Sustainability Resources for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education news site

sustainability educators . . . An emailing-list for sustainability educators. Send an email to the following address to subscribe to the list:

HEA's Education for Sustainable Development Project Weekly e-Bulletin (email to subscribe with ‘subscribe hea-esd-news’ in the body of the email):

Journals and Online Magazines:

ECOS: CSIRO's online journal [towards a sustainable future]

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Support Networks

The Victoria University Education for Sustainability (EfS) Sub-Committee to ESMAC, reports and provides advice on:

1. strategies for the implementation of National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability at Victoria University
2. the implementation of VU's Environment value, Environment Policy and Environment Management Plans in relation to Learning, Teaching and Research within a framework of Education for Sustainability
3. whole of university approaches to the implementation of Education for Sustainability across courses and pathways
4. the progress of processes, plans and activities for achieving Education for Sustainability through Learning, Teaching and Research
Check out the full Terms of Reference for this Sub-Committee

VU's Education for Sustainability Community of Practice is to be formally established in August 2011, and will have its own intranet area for meetings, resources and discussions. Links to this online platform will appear here soon as the venue is launched.

To join this Community of Practice, or for any VU sustainability queries, contact:
Robert Ford
Phone: +61 3 9919 8471
Mobile: 0401 640 302
Colin Hocking:
Phone: +61 3 9919 2322
Mobile: 0434 074183
Iramoo Indigenous Plant Nursery &
Sustainable Garden Design
Phone: +61 3 9919 2815
Enter VU St Albans campus via McKechnie St
(Melways 25K3 Building IJ)
Iramoo Sustainabile Community Centre
Iramoo Location
Nursery Open Hours

Wed & Thurs 10am-4pm
or by appointment
Detailed Map: get to Iramoo
Dwnload Iramoo Brochure


The Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability: based at Macquarie University but with a federal and international scope, ARIES works with all sectors of society, providing a unique mix of research and practical facilitation to promote learning and change for sustainable development. ARIES employs collaborative and systems-based approaches to build capacity in organisations for change towards sustainability.

The Natural Edge Project: based in various Australian cities, the team members are hosted and mentored by a number of Universities including Griffith University, Adelaide University, QUT, and Curtin University, after being incubated by The Institution of Engineers Australia.

The National Education for Sustainability Network: the Network aims to improve inter-governmental coordination of the delivery of environmental education, promoting more efficient use of resources and better outcomes. The Network mostly exchanges information electronically or in hard copy, with limited face-to-face contact to ensure participation costs are kept at a minimum.

The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI): a comprehensive critically-reviewed portal with audited resources, cross-disciplinary activities, network listings, publications and practical case studies.

The Sustainability Campus Group which aims to progress sustainability in the Victorian tertiary education sector.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education: view the Association's most Frequently Asked Questions re Sustainability.

Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE)

The Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE)

Australian National Sustainability Initiative (ANSI): a living, working and learning centre that will address social, economic, environmental and ecological sustainability; a hub for sustainability networks and partnerships, and a place for collaboration in leading edge sustainability education, action research and implementation.

The National Centre for Sustainability (NCS0): a network of higher education and VET providers partnering with industry, government and the community, in program delivery, resource development, and projects to support the development of sustainable practices.

The Australian Conservation Foundation's GreenHome program: a pioneering environmental education program that works with communities to find individual and collective solutions to environmental issues.

NSW DECCW Education for Sustainability professional learning hub

Sydney Environmental Educators Network (SEEN)

Green Cross Australia: an education network aimed at empowering people to respond to environmental change, in ways that embrace sustainability and community resilience.

Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA)

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand: the Institute is a non-profit, politically independent professional association, founded in 1987, multi-disciplinary in membership and provides scope and opportunity for professional and academic interchanges across all sectors of the diverse environmental industry.

Victorian Government's Understanding Climate Change website

Centre for Green Schools (brokered by the United States Green Building Council): an international portal site for K-12 and Higher Education sustainability education.

Action Learning Action Research Association (ALARA): a strategic network using action research and action learning to generate collaborative learning and research.

An initiative of the Total Environment Centre, Green Capital provides a forum for dialogue between corporate, government & community sectors to engage on corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues through events, workshops and campaigns.

The Enviroschools Foundation is a New Zealand charitable trust that provides support and strategic direction for a nation-wide environmental education program.

Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of 1100 local governments from 67 countries who have made a commitment to sustainable development.

The Institute for Sustainable Communities gives passionate, committed people around the world the tools, skills, and resources they need.

Sustainable Communities Network– linking citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities.

Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership (GHESP). Four international organisations with a strong commitment to making sustainability a major focus of higher education.

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future assists colleges and universities in making sustainability an integral part of curriculum, research, operations and outreach.

International Association of Universities– Sustainable Development. This website describes the background and evolution of IAU actions in the field of Higher Education and Sustainable Development.

World Wildlife Federation's China Environmental Educators' Initiative

The Earth Charter Initiative– Values and principles for a sustainable future.

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Make an enquiry

Robert Ford

Curriculum Innovation Unit
Phone: +61 3 9919 8471
Mobile: +61 401 640 302

Colin Hocking

Education for Sustainability Education Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 2322
Mobile: +61 434 074183

Angela Daddow

Curriculum Innovation Unit
Phone: +61 3 9919 8365
Mobile: +61 435 964 659

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