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Environmental Education Newsletter

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Past Newsletter editions

August/September 2021

June/July 2021

February/March 2021 

November 2020

Events and initiatives

‘I Sea, I Care’ Marine Ambassador Program

Council is a proud financial supporter each year of the 'i sea, i care' Marine Ambassadors Program meaning minimal upfront costs to schools who participate. The program is delivered by the Dolphin Research Institute (DRI) and is available to all Primary Schools in the City of Kingston, with currently twenty schools involved. This award winning program provides an opportunity for schools to participate in this leadership development opportunity for young students. Download a copy of the Program outline

For Secondary School Students (Year 10 level), see the I Sea, I Care program on offer.

ResourceSmart Schools Free Program

We're proud to support the free ResourceSmart Schools program to enable our schools to work towards better resource use understanding and efficiency within their school community. The ResourceSmart framework aims to help Victorian school communities minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity, and cut their greenhouse gas emissions. 

Join the large number of Kingston Schools participating, many of whom are already 5 star ResourceSmart Schools or who are working their way towards achieving their own individual goals.

Find out more about ResourceSmart by contacting our Environment Officer at or 9581 4713.

Big Green Schools Conference – Annual Event

The Big Green Schools environment collective launched in March 2012, when 130 students and teachers from twenty schools attended the first Big Green Schools Conference at Carrum Primary School.

Each year since then, hundreds of students and teachers have explored, shared and developed Big Green Ideas for their school and local community at the annual Big Green Schools Conference. All schools are welcome to take part in this two day event, Day 1 is usually held in May, and Day 2 is usually held in August or September each year.

The Big Green Schools Conference is coordinated by Carrum Primary School and St Louis De Montfort's Primary School with support from the City of Kingston.

Melbourne Water’s Kids Teaching Kids - Annual Conference

Each year numerous schools from Kingston, both Primary and Secondary level take part in this annual Conference, as a presenting school or as an audience school, often with the financial support of the City of Kingston.

The Conference raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues through supporting students to present a workshop to the broader Victorian school community, or to attend the two day conference to network and be inspired to take action within their own school community. 

Teacher Environment Network

Teacher Environment Network meetings are held from time to time as an additional opportunity for teachers to access professional development (usually with a guest speaker) or to come together and share ideas, discuss environmental projects in their school and be inspired.

The opportunity to network with other like-minded Educators is included in the Environmental Education Newsletter along with the latest news and updates about local events and resources available to Educators.

Additional resources

Waste, Litter, Worms and Composting

  • Is litter a problem in your school?
  • Does your school produce more waste then you think it should?
  • Does your school recycle?
  • Would you like to start a worm farm?

These are all common issues within schools and Council’s Waste Education Officer has many years of experience helping schools to develop waste reduction and education programs that deliver fast results that last. They can also help you to establish a worm farm or compost system and provide you with the skills to maintain the system. 

Primary and secondary schools are eligible for free waste education presentations as part of Council's 'Wipe Out Waste' program. For an overview of  the sessions offered through the 'Wipe Out Waste' program download the Primary School Wipe Out Waste Program or the Secondary School Wipe Out Waste Program.

View waste education for more resources, or contact the Waste Education Officer at and discuss your schools needs or organise an incursion.

Energy Education and Reduction Program

Electricity use in schools is a major budget item. The good news is that behaviour change programs can have a massive impact on how much electricity your school uses. Our Environment Officer can recommend a program to help your school save money. Please contact or 9581 4713.

Water Conservation Program

South East Water's provides a range of free water based activities and resources for teachers and students.

Cool Australia

Range of sustainability learning activities, curriculum materials, education resources and professional development opportunities. 

Environmental Education Victoria

An independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that promotes the development of environmental education and sustainable behaviour change and offers professional support to practitioners in the field.

CERES Sustainability Hub

A place to connect, share and learn. Get resources, hear about other school projects and connect with other schools, organisations and educator groups.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Sustainable gardening and healthy food habits program.

Story of Stuff

A range of educational videos which looks at the life cycles of the things we buy.

Catchment Detox

A fun online game where you manage an entire catchment and aim to provide food and wealth for the population whilst avoiding environmental problems.

Catchment Detox

Ollie Recycles Australia

Online waste education games, teacher resources and activities.

Big Green Schools conference