Useful websites

The aim of Living Sustainably: the Australian Government’s National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability, launched in April 2009, is to equip all Australians with the knowledge and skills required to live sustainably. The plan was prepared in conjunction with the National Council on Education for Sustainability by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The ARIES website gives a good overview of EfS principles and provides links to their EfS publications and various other useful websites.

This US website dedicated to Education for Sustainability focuses on curriculum development services for all education sectors plus specialist programs for empowering youth through community engagement.

This website provides a huge number of free online teaching resources. The website is particularly valuable for linking sustainability resources to subjects across the Australian Curriculum. Highly recommended.

This website is an excellent resource for case studies and planning templates.

Find case studies and learn what other schools have done along their sustainability journey.

This website requires a login so check that you are able to have access through your school system. It would definitely be worth it as the digital learning resources are very comprehensive.

This is a particularly good website for curriculum planning for the new Australian Curriculum. Highly recommended.

Catholic Earthcare uses a strategic systems-based integrated sustainability initiative (ASSISI) model for its whole-school sustainability workshops. This model adds values based (or personal or spiritual) sustainability to the AuSSI model.

This website describes how the developed world’s economic system is based on exploitation of the resources of the underdeveloped world and endless consumption.

Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation has a very comprehensive curriculum matrix with supporting resources.

The Academy of Science has produced very comprehensive sets of lesson plans on all AC Science topics in its series called Primary Connections.

The ForestLearning website is full of AC linked resources on Australian forests and wood products.

Primezone is the one-stop web portal for the Primary Industries Education Foundation and has a wealth of resources for primary teachers on Australian food and fibre.

The Getting Started with Sustainability website is a new resource with a great range of resources linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Sustainable Futures is an educational program that combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. This program was formerly known as CarbonKids.

The Global Education website provides excellent global teaching strategies for issues such as social justice, food security etc and also has school case studies of project-based learning across all grades.

The Environment Club Manual for secondary students is an excellent resource for project ideas, tips about running a green team and includes templates for running meetings etc.

Sustainability Curriculum Framework This document provides many ideas on how to incorporate Education for Sustainability into the Australian Curriculum.

This website provides teacher resources across a wide range of topics such as climate change, biodiversity etc. You can sign up to receive regular updates on new resources. There are also tips on whole-school sustainability planning, applying for grants and project planning using the Sustainability Action Process (SAP).