Welcome fromKatrina Shields & Richard Vinycombof Byron Region Community College
Knowledge Vision for your centre Relationships and networks Courses and marketing Your buildings Procurement and every day behaviours Your staff Projects and advocacy
The realities of the environmental crisis including climate change The larger policy context – a shift to a lower carbon economy and urgent need for educational leadership
Example: NSW Department of the Environment & Climate Change (DECC)and University of NSW forecasts the community in our area needs toprepare for: “Higher temperatures (between 1-3 degrees), less rainfall inwinter and spring and more rainfall in summer andautumn, more frequent and severe droughts, and more extremestorms including more high rainfall concentrations leading toflooding.There is likely to be sea level rises of at least 40 cm by 2050leading to inundation of low lying coastal areas. These changesare likely to have significant impacts on agriculturalproduction, water supply, settlements and infrastructure, naturalresources, biodiversity and human health.”See Summary of Climate Impacts – North Coast Region, NSW Climate Change Action Plan Sept2008 Department of Environment & Climate Change NSW.
We are in the middle of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable development. There are International, national and state policies and action strategies to mainstream education for sustainability into all sectors. Widespread recognition that adult education will play a key role in bringing about sustainable development. The adult education sector and the VET sector has been recognised as needing urgent up skilling and mainstreaming of education for sustainability. All training packages have been reviewed to embed sustainability skills, which will require professional development for trainers. There is a an opportunity and responsibility for RTOs to walk the talk.
Sharan Burrow, Ex-ACTU President has said“The low carbon economy will require thegreening up of old jobs and creation ofmillions of new job roles.“Sustainability will become central to businessstrategy. Integrating sustainability into allaspects of their business – into the productsthey make, into their operations andprocesses, and into their accountingpractices, they will increasingly demand greenskills and knowledge. Are we up to it? As an education and trainingcommunity can we do it?” Media statement March 2009.
“Sustainable development calls for additional and different processes than those traditionally thought of in education. The quest for sustainability demands new approaches to involve people, rather than convey just a body of knowledge.” It requires more critical thinking skills, participation at all levels, innovation, new values and new behaviors.”Daniella Tilbury et al in the National Review of Environmental Education and its contribution to Sustainability 2005….
Overall, does your centre have any commitmentto sustainability?Does it communicate that commitment internallyand/or externally?
What does your Governing body agree on? What is expressed in the long term plan? How does it relate to local community, business & government expectations? Reflection question: Do you have a vision statement that is out of step with greening up your centre?
Getting connected for inspiration, information and activation. In our area we connected with: Local Government sustainability officers, Landcare project officers, State Health Department health promotions staff, University & TAFE sustainability officers. We also looked for tutors amongst the dedicated sustainability practitioners. Other resources further afield: National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne Uni , ARIES Centre for Sustainability Education at Macquarie Uni, Australian Conservation Foundation, Dept Environment Climate Change and Water, Victorian Association for Environmental Education. Reflection Question: Who is already active in sustainability activities or education in your area?
E newsletters: eg ACF Greenhome e news, Landcare e news, Biological Farmers Association of Australia e news. Subscriptions to Magazines: eg G magazine, ABC Organic Gardener, Australian Alternative Technology Association magazine.
2 examples We work with local government to run energy efficiency workshops, tours of the local water facility, provide composting and green cleaning workshops. Have a partnership with the Mullumbimby Community Garden, with a joint committee to run the education program. Are providing workshops in food growing in 7 local government areas for a joint local government /state government Northern River Foodlinks Project. Reflection Question: Are there any relationships that could be formalised for your sustainability education provision?
This involves a combination of behaviour changes + retro fitting. If renovating – go green! The main areas to consider- sourcing of renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, waste minimisation including recycling, gardens, bike racks.
Greener Behaviours could involve getting staff and students into recycling, double sided printing, turning off lights and air con, waste reduction, water saving behaviours and signing up for Greenpower. Minor retro fits could include more efficient lighting, standby power off switches, overhead fans, dual flush toilets, water saving taps, waterless urinals and compost bins. Major works if you are renovating or adding on could include installing solar power, solar hot water, integrate some passive solar design features, improve ventilation.
Do you know about any incentive schemes or sources of funding to help you retrofit or renovate? Federal? State? Local? Private? Commercial? Sponsorship? Partnership? Is there anybody who can put time into researching this? Can you share knowledge with likeminded organisations? Do you have some $$ to put in from existing funds? Can you add this to next budget?
Sustainable Procurement : What sort of paper do you buy? Where do your catering supplies come from? What alternatives do you provide to bottled water?Everyday behaviours : Do you encourage recycling? Do you practise separation of organics eg use a bokashi bin? Do you have default double sided printing? Turning off all non essential equipment and lighting?
You can encourage greener behaviours as well as having a broader influence - by giving explanations for why you are choosing to do something. Reflection Question: What sort of signage do you or could you have to support this? What is one sign you could put up or system you could put in place easily now?
This includes general interest courses and accredited training. Some of the non accredited courses we have run are: wide range of backyard food growing topics; water efficiency; green cleaning; energy efficient house design; solar technology; supporting biodiversity tours of sustainable houses, gardens, farms and communities...
Introducing new qualifications eg Permaculture Providing new skill sets eg Business sustainability units, organic horticulture units. Some of these have funding available, for instance in NSW See:www.greenskills.nsw.gov.au There is an National VET Sector Sustainability Policy & Action Plan (2009-2012). Providing professional development for trainers- eg the new TAE Units eg “Analyse and Apply Sustainability Skills to Learning Programs”. DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE ONE-OFF OPPORTUNITY TO QUALIFY IN INSTALLING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS (RTE3601A) Thursdays 28/8 – 30/10 ACE BYRON SHIRE HAS FUNDED GOVERNMENT PLACES IN THIS SHORT CERTIFICATE COURSE – PEOPLE BETWEEN 15 AND 25 ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY…… For people with experience in For further information and to enrol call Horticulture & Agriculture or Land Conservation and Management ACE 66843374 or go to www.acebyron.org.au Learn how to Set out and prepare sites install pressurised systems Install grey water systems Byron Region Community College
We use: A lot of media stories print and radio A special flyer Posters around town Email networking to target interest groups Work with partner organisations. Reflection Question: What new or extra marketing strategies could you use to reach more people with education for sustainability?
This might include: Being clear on the managementapproach, developing a team approach, undertaking arestructure, to creating new position(s), and a professionaldevelopment program.Do you: Have a budget? Have someone who is formally responsible to drive the agenda ? Have ways to develop a team approach? Take time for staff team meeting to reflect on the green issues and form strategies? Provide professional development opportunities in sustainability, both in-house and external? Celebrate your good news stories in the media?
After developing the expertise, there is increasing scope forfunded projects especially in partnership with community andindustry groups.We developed a backyard food growing teaching kit “Eden atHome” and undertook funded research in VET teachingapproaches eg: “Green Thumbs & Green Goods” (horticultureand retail training resource); also“Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in RetailTraining” (professionaldevelopment kit).
Arethere any sustainability projects that interest you and you have the resources to undertake?
Final questions, Suggestions, comments and feedback.......
Adult Learning Australia Greening your operations and infrastructure - Tuesday 28 June Greening your community course (non VET) programming and marketing - Thursday 28 July Greening your partnerships, projects, advocacy and networks - Thursday 30 August
Thanks for your participation from Katrina, Richard, Patricia and Michael