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Environment Education Resources

Sustainable Schools and School Environment Management Plans (SEMP) 

Sustainable Schools NSW: Sustainable Schools NSW is a government-funded program that helps schools integrate environmental learning and awareness into all aspects of their activities including the classroom, the canteen, school grounds, travel to and from school, the office, workshops and sports carnivals etc. A sustainable school engages their whole community by adopting a fun, practical and relevant way of learning and working together.  Visit the Sustainable Schools website for more information.

School Environmental Management Plan: A School Environment Management Plan (SEMP) is a document that sets out the school community's intentions in regard to environmental education and environmental management. It represents an agreement to work together across the whole school. Visit the Sustainable Schools website for more information.

Grants

The NSW Environmental Trust offers Eco Schools grants and Food Gardens in Schools grants. These grants provide funds for schools to improve their environment, engage with their communities, and offer hands-on environmental learning opportunities for students. Funding is available for a variety of environmental projects, such as water and energy conservation; recycling and composting; bush regeneration and habitat improvement; and bush tucker and food gardens.

For more information on the grants, guidelines, and application forms, go to the Eco Schools website and the Food Gardens in Schools website.

Programs

There are a number of education program available.  Again a list of links to external organisation has been provided below with a brief overview of the education program. 

  • CSIRO On Borrowed Time: An online biodiversity education package developed by ecologist David Lindenmayer. More information at CSIRO: On Borrowed Time.
  • CSIRO Do-it-yourself Science Experiments for Kids: Fun and easy science experiments and activities for kids. Explore science concepts and discover the world around you using simple ingredients found in the home or at school. More information at CSIRO: DIY Science Experiments
  • Visy Recycling for Schools: Games and tools focused on recycling. More information at Visy

Specific information areas 

  • Natural Cleaning: Natural cleaning or 'green cleaning' is a way to clean with fewer cleaning products and using safer alternatives - producing less waste and reducing the need for harmful chemicals. Visit Green Cleaning.
  • Composting: Composting is a natural and inexpensive way to reduce waste and generate nutrient rich fertile compost. Visit Composting.
  • Worm Farming: Worm farming is also a great way to divert food waste from landfill. Worm castings are great for feeding  plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils or top-dressing. Visit Worm Farms.

General resources 

  • Environmental Education Centres: The DET has 25 Zoo and Environmental Education Centres located around NSW. They provide various programs to visiting school groups depending on the unique features of their location. Programs offered are linked to NSW syllabus documents and stage groups. Visit Environmental Education Centres.
  • NSW Department of Education and Training (DET): Environmental Education Environmental Education page. Visit NSW DET.
  • Sydney Water: Water education initiatives. Visit Sydney Water.