Education for Sustainability Grants program

2005-2006 Projects

A total of six projects to the value of $180,910 were funded under the 2005-2006 program.

Project Title: Community Greenhouse Education Through Targeted Energy Actions
Applicant: Southern Metropolitan Regional Council
Grant Funding: $32,100
This project entails a program for the broader community to engage in specific behaviours resulting in lowering home energy use. This project establishes why a particular action is not being practised and implements strategies to remove identified barriers. The education component targets specific actions to engage all householders in a community not currently practicing the behaviours. Community Greenhouse Education Through Targeted Energy Actions pilots households from inner city to semi-rural communities to change current behaviours in residential hot water, low flow shower heads and standby power to reduce greenhouse gases and conserve energy and water.

Project Title: Phase III – Knowledge and Skills for Sustainability
Applicant: National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University
Grant Funding: $50,000
This is an innovative project that aims to build the capacity of the workforce to adopt behavioural change towards more sustainable business systems, business practices and business thinking. Knowledge and Skills for Sustainability introduces the knowledge and principles of environmental sustainability and resource efficiency into all national industry training packages. The development of the Guideline Competency Standards for Environmental Sustainability has been a collective effort between governments, the National Training Quality Council, Industry Skills Councils, registered training organisations and other stakeholders. Phase III focuses on delivery in the workplace and action research to determine the most effective way in which the Guidelines for Sustainability can be implemented and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness in achieving behaviour change.

Project Title: Summit to establish an Australian Network of Environmental/Outdoor/Interpretative/Museum/Zoo Education Resource Centres
Applicant: Alice Springs Desert Park
Grant Funding: $27,500
The development of a Network of Environmental Education Resource Centres will develop the capacity amongst these centres for a consistent approach to sustainability education that reflects sound knowledge and practice in this area. A summit at Alice Springs Desert Park will bring together representatives from all these centres to discuss the establishment and operation of the Network. The Network of Centres is intended to build partnerships and, alliances and share resources to assist these resource centres to move from a transmissive to transformative education, assisting practitioners in the field of education for sustainable development. The Network would work towards achieving the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Project Title: Education for Sustainable Development and Values
Applicant: UNESCO Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education Australia
Grant Funding: $16,310
This project aims to conduct a series of workshops aimed at teachers in all Australian capital cities to:

  • discuss practical strategies and methodologies for integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into daily teaching practice at all levels of education within existing curricula and structures;
  • discuss ways of positively influencing curriculum development, school site management and education policy and materials development, for incorporating ESD principles, issues and values into education settings for whole school change; and
  • emphasise the importance of partnerships and community involvement for the development of sustainable schools and communities and raise awareness and understanding of the practical implications for educators and education communities of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD).

The series of workshops will address the gap in the professional development of educators and teacher trainers in values education for sustainable development.

Project Title: Global Communities for Sustainability
Applicant: Centre for Environmental Education Australia
Government Partner: Department of Education Science and Training (DEST)
Grant Funding: $35,000
This is an innovative international project that will develop models of sustainable communities through a series of Sustainability Development Initiatives and Exchange Programmes between India and Australia. It is a joint initiative between the Centre for Environmental Education (CEE) Australia, the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Australian Government Department of Education Science and Training, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). The project will facilitate exchanges between school communities in two different cultural contexts through piloting sustainable development initiatives. The project enhances and supports the commitments established by Australia’s and India’s response to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI).

Project Title: Engineering Sustainable Solutions Programme – Whole System Portfolio Module 2
Applicant: The Natural Edge Project, hosted by the Institution of Engineers Australia
Grant Funding: $20,000
This project aims to develop practical training modules focused on sustainable engineering solutions through Whole System Design. This module is the second of six components of a broader program called “Critical Literacies for Engineers Portfolio”. The modules will introduce sustainability concepts and, current efforts and future directions in engineering practice for sustainable development. The project will deliver training modules aimed at undergraduate engineering students and professionals with limited experience in the topics addressed. Each module will be developed in collaboration with professionals and academics.