Embedding Sustainability in
Education
Linda Brown
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director TAFE
Swinburne’s Approach
Our multifaceted, embedded whole of business approach to:
> Build value for students, community, indu...
Our Strategy

Swinburne will embrace
sustainability across all its
dimensions. Making
sustainability at Swinburne a
key dr...
Strategy Priorities
The six priority areas are:
 > Culture and Stewardship
     signatory to the international Talloires ...
Strategy Priorities Cont’d
 > People Development
     Vocational Grad Cert in Education and Training for
      Sustainabi...
Sustainability Scorecard
> 6,892 students enrolled in sustainability /
  environmental training from 2007 to 2010 YTD
> 12...
Our Credentials
Our Credentials
Some fundamentals:
> Outstanding Specialist Centre – funded by Skills
  Victoria in 2002
> Guideline Compe...
Excellence & Innovation



Multifaceted + Embedded = Whole of Business
Rapid Growth in Available Courses
Achieving Genuine Innovation
Strategies:
> Working with industry & government
> Integration into strategic planning
> Lead...
Investing in Our People
> Professional development is
  core to our growth in
  sustainability
> Staff engaged in:
   Dip...
Leading Sustainable
  Practice in Tertiary
  Education


Leadership in the sector = Proactive Change
Technology Enhanced Learning
  > Graduate Certificate and Diploma of
    Sustainability delivered nationally via
    blend...
New Programs
> Diploma of Carbon Management
> Diploma of Sustainable Landscape Design
> Vocational Graduate Certificate in...
Value Add – Pathways & Dual
Qualifications
> Diploma of Nursing + Diploma of Sustainability
> Master of Business Administr...
Our Work Practices
Connecting + empowering people
  (bottom up and top down) = cultural
  change
> Swinburne Sustainabilit...
Committed to the Environment




>Setting strong targets
>Participating in benchmarking (TEFMA)
>Challenging the kilometre...
Leading in the Sector
> International Behaviour Change
  Conference people attended
  from education, local
  government a...
Leading in the Sector
 > Guideline Competency Standards in Sustainability with
   ISCs
 > Capacity building across Austral...
Sustainability Linked
 Research


Research+ Education = Behavioural Change
Research / Skills Nexus
 > A collaborative joint venture between
   Swinburne and Victoria-Suntech
   Advanced Solar Facil...
Research / Skills Nexus
 > Researcher Dr Monzur Imteaz of Swinburne’s Centre
   for Sustainable Infrastructure developing ...
Thank you


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  1. 1. Embedding Sustainability in Education Linda Brown Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director TAFE
  2. 2. Swinburne’s Approach Our multifaceted, embedded whole of business approach to: > Build value for students, community, industry and business  large variety of delivery with strong outcomes – dual sector advantage  strong community and business engagement – real reduction in carbon > Contribute to policy and its implementation  key contributions to state and national working parties  helping other HEd/VET providers – sharing our expertise > Lead sustainability skills education  innovative teaching and learning is our differentiator  significant contribution to national curriculum development  investing in our own program development – getting there first > Achieve strong organisational commitment & performance  University wide Sustainability Strategy – high level accountability  connecting and empowering our people - cultural change 
  3. 3. Our Strategy Swinburne will embrace sustainability across all its dimensions. Making sustainability at Swinburne a key driver in all behaviours, future planning and service delivery outcomes.
  4. 4. Strategy Priorities The six priority areas are: > Culture and Stewardship  signatory to the international Talloires Declaration > Teaching and Learning  VC’s Student Award for Sustainable Communities which encourages the sustainability skills and attributes in our graduates > Research  post-graduate pro-actively identify sustainability foci in concert with other key thematic areas
  5. 5. Strategy Priorities Cont’d > People Development  Vocational Grad Cert in Education and Training for Sustainability > Social and Community Sustainability  develop a model for Swinburne’s sustainability educational community > Business and Environmental Sustainability  annual targets for energy, water, air travel, vehicle travel, recycling, landfill and carbon achieved
  6. 6. Sustainability Scorecard > 6,892 students enrolled in sustainability / environmental training from 2007 to 2010 YTD > 12,275 Unit enrolments 2007-2010 YTD > 11 new courses 2009-2010 > 204 courses and units in sustainability and environment > 73% staff have personal KPI about sustainability > 764 staff undertaken sustainability related PD > 4.6GJ/EFTSL – most efficient University in Melbourne > 1.1ML water collected across all campuses
  7. 7. Our Credentials
  8. 8. Our Credentials Some fundamentals: > Outstanding Specialist Centre – funded by Skills Victoria in 2002 > Guideline Competency Standards in Sustainability > First Australian qualifications in sustainability > Professional development – internal and external > Graduate Certificate in Education &Training for Sustainability > Business Transformer - carbon and $$ savings > Community sustainability programs – 5 Local government areas > Bringing research to life
  9. 9. Excellence & Innovation Multifaceted + Embedded = Whole of Business
  10. 10. Rapid Growth in Available Courses
  11. 11. Achieving Genuine Innovation Strategies: > Working with industry & government > Integration into strategic planning > Leading curriculum development > Engaging staff and students > Sharing with other providers
  12. 12. Investing in Our People > Professional development is core to our growth in sustainability > Staff engaged in:  Diploma and Graduate Certificate in of Sustainability  accredited and non- accredited development activities  industry release program funded by the TAFE Development Centre  development of VGD in higher education teaching with embedded VGC
  13. 13. Leading Sustainable Practice in Tertiary Education Leadership in the sector = Proactive Change
  14. 14. Technology Enhanced Learning > Graduate Certificate and Diploma of Sustainability delivered nationally via blended learning – combines the use of Web CT, Blackboard, Elluminate and face to face > Flexible multi-sector learning resources are available anywhere 24/7 > Currency maintained and shared through global communities of practice
  15. 15. New Programs > Diploma of Carbon Management > Diploma of Sustainable Landscape Design > Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability > The Bachelor of Arts (Sustainability Management) > Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sustainability) > New courses in electrical vehicles -  Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Servicing and Maintaining, to be available this year  BEV Retrofitting, awaiting new Australian Design Rules regarding EV conversion
  16. 16. Value Add – Pathways & Dual Qualifications > Diploma of Nursing + Diploma of Sustainability > Master of Business Administration + VGC Sustainability > Bachelor of Engineering + Diploma of Sustainability > Diploma of Sustainable Environment Management  Bachelor of Social Science
  17. 17. Our Work Practices Connecting + empowering people (bottom up and top down) = cultural change > Swinburne Sustainability Strategy driving change on all fronts > Sustainability integrated into our Performance Development and Review processes > Green Office and Planet Swinburne – changing behaviour through networks > Major partner in the 1 Million Women campaign, national initiative which aims to inspire practical action on climate change
  18. 18. Committed to the Environment >Setting strong targets >Participating in benchmarking (TEFMA) >Challenging the kilometres travelled >Monitoring performance 18
  19. 19. Leading in the Sector > International Behaviour Change Conference people attended from education, local government and business > Voc. Graduate Certificate in Education & Training for Sustainability for VET and HEd > State wide professional development through the TAFE Development Centre (450)
  20. 20. Leading in the Sector > Guideline Competency Standards in Sustainability with ISCs > Capacity building across Australian institutions / Government agencies > Member of National Quality Council – Skills for Sustainability Working Group > Providing advice for National VET Sustainability Action Plan > Representing TDA on National Green Skills Agreement Implementation Plan > Business Skills Victoria – Go-Green apprenticeships > WPC Group Green Skills – nationally funded green skills project
  21. 21. Sustainability Linked Research Research+ Education = Behavioural Change
  22. 22. Research / Skills Nexus > A collaborative joint venture between Swinburne and Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) aims to develop the next generation of solar cells > Swinburne’s Power Engineering Group is focused on renewable energy systems, power system development and economics > Collaborative project with CSIRO and other universities to research and develop lightweight battery-charged electric cars
  23. 23. Research / Skills Nexus > Researcher Dr Monzur Imteaz of Swinburne’s Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure developing an internet- based tool to establish domestic rainfall capture capacity > Advanced Manufacturing Centre linking higher education, research, vocational training and manufacturing sectors > Boeing and Suntech Power Holdings will be foundation partners in the Centre which will incorporate a demonstrator ‘Factory of the Future’ where students will be trained in the latest manufacturing techniques, transforming engineering education at Swinburne
  24. 24. Thank you Global Citizenship and Sustainability are key drivers

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