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Education for sustainability
and the green economy
Garry McDonald
National Centre for Sustainability,
Swinburne
Key messages
• Businesses in a low carbon (green)
  economy require:
  > specific “green skills” and
  > staff with sustainable behaviours.
• Education about and Education for
  Sustainability addresses this need.
Educational challenge for the
      green economy

                      Specific green
                          skills                   Knowledge
                                                        about
                                                 sustainability

                                 Thinking &
                                 values >>
                                     Action


Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia           3
1. Specific green skills

   Green design, building and construction
   Renewable energy
   Water savings and recycling
   Green services (auditing, accounting, banking)
   Transport


From The Green Gold Rush (ACF, ACTU Oct 2008)




                                                     4
2. Knowledge and skills about
        sustainability
   Sustainability science
   Sustainability in business
   Lean manufacturing
   Sustainability competencies:
     eg “Implement & monitor environmentally
       sustainable work practices”
        •   Manage resource use
        •   provide tools to achieve positive environmental
            and business outcomes
3. Thinking & values that lead to Action

                      Education for sustainability
                               delivers

                     the skills, attitudes and values
                     needed for:
                     • Envisaging a better future
                     • Systems thinking
                     • Problem solving
                     • Critical thinking and reflection



Bendigo Advertiser
Education for sustainability
requires
teaching practices that shift from:
   Transmissive  transformative,
    engaging pedagogies
   A focus on content  nature of
    the learning experience
   Didactic, instructional 
    “learning by doing”
Challenging!




                                      7
Education for Sustainability
     is values based
   Develops understanding of the inter-relatedness
    of systems (work, community, natural).
   Promotes self development in context of
    sustainability issues (Stirling 2004)
   Builds attitudes and values towards
    sustainability (and sustainable behaviours)
   Extends the sense of obligation to sustainable
    outcomes (Orr 2010)




                                                      8
The EfS approach teaches students:


                 about sustainability

                 & about themselves




 After SB Hill
Graduates for      Knowledge &
 Specific        a greener         skills about
Green skills                      sustainability
                 economy


                   Thinking &            Graduates
                   values that          and learners
                 lead to Action         for a greener
                                          economy
Some current education programs that
          reflect this approach

New qualification:
Vocational Graduate Certificate in
Education and Training for Sustainability


The TDC/NCS program:
Integrating sustainability into
teaching practice
Thank you
Garry McDonald
National Centre for Sustainability
gmcdonald@swin.edu.au

Ph 0419 521 238
Education for Sustainability


   Denise Stevens
   CEO
   dstevens@tafecentre.vic.edu.au
14




Green Skills PD Program
• A one day, interactive program designed &
  developed by TDC and NCS
• Funded by Skills Victoria in response to issues
  raised in National Green Skills Agenda
• Practical ways to support VET practitioners
  who play an important role in EfS
15




 Green Skills PD Program
VET practitioners need:
• to engage with industry to identify and
  understand new requirements
• to keep up to date with the latest and
  emerging environmental practices,
  technologies, systems, techniques and theory
16




 Green Skills PD Program
  3 key areas of capability required by VET
  Practitioners
• Introduction to Sustainability – Issues, Impacts
  and Principles
• Vocational Education & Training Practice
• Maintaining professional competency in own
  industry sector
17




Green Skills PD Program
What was achieved
• 19 workshops conducted across the state
• 510 participants registered
• Learner Guide developed
• Portal established on the TDC website to
  access resources and to share knowledge &
  experiences
18




Green Skills PD Program
Great feedback!
• “I found that I/we are actually teaching more
  sustainability than I thought”
• “Fantastic program and assisted to identify what I am
  currently doing and what is possible for the future”
• “I have not been as engaged for a long time. Thank
  you”
19




Green Skills PD Program
• “This workshop should be compulsory!”
• “We need Sustainability 2 workshop – follow
  up on this workshop”
• “All areas of the day course were thought-
  provoking and very relevant”
20




  Green Skills PD Program
Outcomes for participants:
• Opportunity for dialogue re their values/filters
• Problem solving exercises
• Modelling of great teaching practice!
• Examples of resources they could use
• Working with their industry unit of competency
21




Green Skills PD Program
Outcomes for participants:
• An increased understanding of the
  definitions and key concepts of
  sustainability
• Strategies to apply critical thinking of
  sustainability practices in their workplace
22




Green Skills PD Program
• The ability to include sustainability principles
  in the design and development of learning,
  assessment and reporting tools
• Information of current VET principles, policies
  and frameworks for EfS including
  implementing Training Package competencies
23




Green Skills PD Program
Hope for the future?
  “I will also try to start implementing change
  at our campus”
Next steps:
Maintain the momentum
Proposals into Skills Victoria for Stage 2
Programs linked to industry sectors

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Education For Sustainability Ncs&Tdc

  • 1. Education for sustainability and the green economy Garry McDonald National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne
  • 2. Key messages • Businesses in a low carbon (green) economy require: > specific “green skills” and > staff with sustainable behaviours. • Education about and Education for Sustainability addresses this need.
  • 3. Educational challenge for the green economy Specific green skills Knowledge about sustainability Thinking & values >> Action Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia 3
  • 4. 1. Specific green skills  Green design, building and construction  Renewable energy  Water savings and recycling  Green services (auditing, accounting, banking)  Transport From The Green Gold Rush (ACF, ACTU Oct 2008) 4
  • 5. 2. Knowledge and skills about sustainability  Sustainability science  Sustainability in business  Lean manufacturing  Sustainability competencies: eg “Implement & monitor environmentally sustainable work practices” • Manage resource use • provide tools to achieve positive environmental and business outcomes
  • 6. 3. Thinking & values that lead to Action Education for sustainability delivers the skills, attitudes and values needed for: • Envisaging a better future • Systems thinking • Problem solving • Critical thinking and reflection Bendigo Advertiser
  • 7. Education for sustainability requires teaching practices that shift from:  Transmissive  transformative, engaging pedagogies  A focus on content  nature of the learning experience  Didactic, instructional  “learning by doing” Challenging! 7
  • 8. Education for Sustainability is values based  Develops understanding of the inter-relatedness of systems (work, community, natural).  Promotes self development in context of sustainability issues (Stirling 2004)  Builds attitudes and values towards sustainability (and sustainable behaviours)  Extends the sense of obligation to sustainable outcomes (Orr 2010) 8
  • 9. The EfS approach teaches students: about sustainability & about themselves After SB Hill
  • 10. Graduates for Knowledge & Specific a greener skills about Green skills sustainability economy Thinking & Graduates values that and learners lead to Action for a greener economy
  • 11. Some current education programs that reflect this approach New qualification: Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability The TDC/NCS program: Integrating sustainability into teaching practice
  • 12. Thank you Garry McDonald National Centre for Sustainability gmcdonald@swin.edu.au Ph 0419 521 238
  • 13. Education for Sustainability Denise Stevens CEO dstevens@tafecentre.vic.edu.au
  • 14. 14 Green Skills PD Program • A one day, interactive program designed & developed by TDC and NCS • Funded by Skills Victoria in response to issues raised in National Green Skills Agenda • Practical ways to support VET practitioners who play an important role in EfS
  • 15. 15 Green Skills PD Program VET practitioners need: • to engage with industry to identify and understand new requirements • to keep up to date with the latest and emerging environmental practices, technologies, systems, techniques and theory
  • 16. 16 Green Skills PD Program 3 key areas of capability required by VET Practitioners • Introduction to Sustainability – Issues, Impacts and Principles • Vocational Education & Training Practice • Maintaining professional competency in own industry sector
  • 17. 17 Green Skills PD Program What was achieved • 19 workshops conducted across the state • 510 participants registered • Learner Guide developed • Portal established on the TDC website to access resources and to share knowledge & experiences
  • 18. 18 Green Skills PD Program Great feedback! • “I found that I/we are actually teaching more sustainability than I thought” • “Fantastic program and assisted to identify what I am currently doing and what is possible for the future” • “I have not been as engaged for a long time. Thank you”
  • 19. 19 Green Skills PD Program • “This workshop should be compulsory!” • “We need Sustainability 2 workshop – follow up on this workshop” • “All areas of the day course were thought- provoking and very relevant”
  • 20. 20 Green Skills PD Program Outcomes for participants: • Opportunity for dialogue re their values/filters • Problem solving exercises • Modelling of great teaching practice! • Examples of resources they could use • Working with their industry unit of competency
  • 21. 21 Green Skills PD Program Outcomes for participants: • An increased understanding of the definitions and key concepts of sustainability • Strategies to apply critical thinking of sustainability practices in their workplace
  • 22. 22 Green Skills PD Program • The ability to include sustainability principles in the design and development of learning, assessment and reporting tools • Information of current VET principles, policies and frameworks for EfS including implementing Training Package competencies
  • 23. 23 Green Skills PD Program Hope for the future? “I will also try to start implementing change at our campus” Next steps: Maintain the momentum Proposals into Skills Victoria for Stage 2 Programs linked to industry sectors