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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Environmental Education

Welcome to Environmental and Sustainability Education

Make 2014 a year for environmental and sustainable education!

When environmental and sustainability education is incorporated into the school curriculum, students:

  • learn about the environment
  • develop skills to investigate and solve issues in the environment
  • acquire attitudes of care and concern for the environment
  • adopt behaviours and practices which protect the environment, and
  • understand the principles of ecologically sustainable development    

My Treasure - Integrated unit.
Engage primary students in an exploration or place through creating artworks and writing artists statements. Building a connection and meaning to place in young people is the foundation for sustainability. 

Sustainability Education - Developing a deeper understanding and supporting student learning.

This presentation and notes will support a school presentation on sustainability education to provide a deeper understanding of sustainability, ways to support student engagement and describe the Sustainability action process. (.ppt Sustainability Education 10.3MB)

NSW Ecosystems on show

collage of ecosystems

NSW Ecosystems on show highlights 14 ecosystems present in New South Wales. This resource supports student learning about a particular ecosystem and its features and can be used in environmental investigation or as part of an excursion.  It is a collaboration between the Environmental Education Centres and Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC). 

Sustainability Curriculum Framework

Background information and documents contributing to the Sustainability Curriculum Framework. This framework has been designed to be a guide for curriculum developers and policy makers in the area of sustainability education. Find out more... 

What's happening and what's new...      

Grant information for schools 2014 

Information on grants available to schools is available from the Sustainable Schools NSW website. New funding or grant opportunities arise throughout the year so check back occasionally!

DET intranet site for Environment and Sustainability

This intranet website provides information and guidance for DEC staff on environmental and sustainability planning, action and achievement.   Find out more...  

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Australian Association of Environmental Educators – the Professional Association for educators with a passion for the environment. Join or just find out more...



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