The Sustainable Schools Program in Victoria
The Sustainable Schools Program in Victoria aims to assist schools to contribute to government targets for ecologically sustainable development, and, by adopting effective practices, to model co-operative community action. This article draws on material provided by the Gould League and the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES).
Victoria's Sustainable Schools Program commenced in 2003 as a pilot program at 81 schools. A total of 120 schools are expected to be involved in the pilot when it ends in December 2004.
The Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The Victorian Department of Education and Training manages the program. The Gould League and the Centre for Environment Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) were engaged to help schools and their communities implement the program.
The Department of Education and Training will also manage an independent evaluation of the pilot program. The results will inform strategic development of a state-wide approach to environmental sustainability, and a national program based on schools as models of green technologies and design.
What the Sustainable Schools Program does
The Sustainable Schools Program provides a framework for schools to develop their own actions for environmental sustainability. It provides a twelve-step process for involving all sectors of the school community:
These modules are underpinned by an initial module that focuses on ways to
The entire program has meant a paradigm shift in thinking (and doing) with regard to our environment across the entire school community and inspired many with life long learning strategies. At [our] school our motto is 'Caring and Innovative' and the philosophy behind Sustainable Schools parallels closely with what we value in our school community.
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