Teaching kids the steps towards a sustainable future

18 March 2016 | News

Last week, over 140 Victorian teachers and sustainability educators attended the Steps to Sustainability Conference to learn more about how they can include sustainable initiatives in their school and influence change in the community.

Sustainability Victoria, in partnership with St Louis De Montfort’s, ran a series of workshops and presentations on climate change, creating renewable energy, minimising waste, saving energy and water, improving biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We were honoured to have Tim Richardson, Member for Mordialloc open the conference, as well as hear some fascinating insights into the future effects of climate change from Dr Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Bill Thomas, Head of Sustainable Practice at Bentleigh Secondary College, attended the Conference and praised event organisers.

“The work of educators has never been more important. Sustainability Victoria and St Louis De Montfort’s are to be congratulated for supporting teachers as they support students to become more sustainable through events such as this conference,” he said.

One of the morning speakers, Clare Nolan, Director of So-Eco for Schools, said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences to help others in the process of making positive change towards minimising waste in schools.

“I came away feeling inspired. There are so many people in our school communities that want their schools to be more sustainable; their ideas, their enthusiasm and their dedication inspires and energises me,” she said.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank St Louis De Montfort’s, Bendigo Bank, CERES, EEV, Catholic Education Melbourne, and Monash City Council for supporting the conference.

John Longley, a teacher at Northside Christian College, produced a fantastic video from the day, Steps to the Future, which you can view here.

Stan Krpan, CEO, SV and Dr Karl Braganza, Bureau of Meteorology

Stan Krpan, CEO, SV with Dr Karl Braganza, Bureau of Meteorology