Sustainability for Educators:

A Toolkit of Learning Activities and Resources

Authors: Katrina Shields and Lisa Hoggard

ISBN: 978-0-9923127-1-8

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© Text: Byron Region Community College Inc 2013

© Cartoons: Phil Somerville © 2013

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A Toolkit of Learning Activities and Resources

Education needs to be ahead of the curve to be most useful. Never was there a more pressing time to create the skills, capacity and motivation to empower people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future and to prepare them for a low-carbon economy.

Sustainability for Educators: A Toolkit of Learning Activities and Resources is an engaging and accessible collection of teaching/learning resources designed to catalyse this transformative education. It is essential reading for educators wanting to embed skills for sustainability into learning and professional development programs.

Of value to teachers, trainers and facilitators from vocational training organisations, universities, secondary schools, communities and business organisations, this resource will also provide great inspiration for campuses and businesses in planning and implementing sustainability changes.

The Toolkit Provides:

  • Succinct sustainability concepts
  • Strong grounding in the principles of Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  • 80 practical EfS learning activities with tips, participant hand-outs and facilitator resources
  • Inspiring case studies of sustainability in action
  • Great cartoons
  • Signposts to the latest resources.

“Terrific. A treasure chest of pretty much everything you wanted to know about sustainability education, in one place. Somehow the authors have kept it informative and accessible, attractive and at the same time substantial. Well written, well organised, and well – what are you waiting for?” Professor Stephen Sterling, Head of Sustainability Education, Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, UK.

“Engaging, practical, accessible and essential – an invaluable how-to resource for all educators. The authors convey an important message; our planet needs new ways of thinking and doing, teaching and learning. As educators, we can start here…” Gitanjali Bedi, Project Manager/Teacher, Capacity Building in Sustainability for Educators, National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology

“From the start, the message that comes through clearly is that this is a comprehen­sive piece of work and, unlike many instances where a broad territory is to be covered, the work provides the reader with substantial detail. The authors recognise that a range of terms are used in connection with education and sustainability, but quickly identify
their terminology and, importantly, set out their own perspectives and values that have guided their thinking and writing. From this the authors provide a strong emphasis on taking a personal and humanist approach, rather than a technical or managerial approach, to considering change possibilities.”
Ian Thomas, Environmental Policy lecturer, RMIT University Melbourne reviewing the Toolkit in the Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol 20(2), Dec. 2014
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