Education, training & schools

Sustainability education and training will underpin sustainable development into the future. Whether you’re building your career in sustainability, driving corporate change or delivering education curricula in schools, this page provides some resources to get you started. Education and training can have community-wide spin offs. In addition, building skills and knowledge provide benefits to any green initiative by building the capacity and cohesion of  teams, enabling organisations to get the most out of building retrofits, embedding effective and efficient reporting systems and establishing ongoing stakeholder engagement processes.

Check out our event calendar for sustainable business training opportunities.


Teaching sustainability in Australian schools

curriculum-framework Currently the Australian Curriculum has four cross-curriculum priorities which include sustainability. The NSW Department of Education and Training was engaged by the Australian Government to develop the Sustainability Curriculum Framework (NSW Government website including a literature review). The framework was released in May 2010 and can also be found here (Australian Government website).

The framework has been informed by an earlier model of ‘Earth Citizenship’ – see below.Earth_cit_diagram

There have also been a number of state and federal organisations set up to promote and support school-based sustainability education – see below.

Teaching sustainability in schools overseas

This 4 minute video shows that even primary schools can go green for cost saving and positive learning experiences with a bit of expertise and processes for engaging the school community. Click here to find out more about how thousands of schools like this one are joining the Green Schools Alliance and making sustainability work in schools.

coolaustraliaEducation for Sustainability (EfS) resources – for schools:


    • In February 2013, UNESCO released the first free online curriculum package for high school teachers delivering climate change education for sustainable development (CCESD) – it includes powerpoint slides.
    • The Gaia Project, Canada, is an educational charity dedicated to providing project based sustainability education to students which works closely with students, teachers, schools and outside professionals.
    • Centre for Green Schools – driving the transformation of schools towards more sustainable, healthy places to be.


See also our topic pages about consumers and children and young people.


Finding a sustainability course in tertiary education institutions:

The Australian Government has funded the establishment of a website promoting sustainability education in tertiary education institutions. Some of the course content has been shared on the website.

Education for Sustainability (EfS) resources – tertiary education:

This 6 minute film outlines the role of sustainable universities. The film features, one of the foremost experts on the topic, Carol Adams.



Stay tuned for a directory of sustainability training providers.

See also the page for Peak Bodies and Leadership


Walking the talk – sustainability reporting by universities:

Key reading:

EfS events to watch for:


Sustainable business training resources:

Manufacturing Skills Australia has a dedicated website

It includes elements of a MSS11 Sustainability Training Package for TAFE including qualifications for business ‘sustainable operations’ and for environmental monitoring and technology. There’s also a link to a Sustainability Community of Practice in New South Wales.

Check out our event calendar for other sustainable business training opportunities.

Training videos for business sustainability are available through VEA Australia – New Zealand and other providers.