Sustainable Schools NSW Online Conference

Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Secure your tickets for the Sustainable Schools NSW Online Conference!

From Monday, 26 October to Thursday, 29 October we're running a free Sustainable Schools NSW Online Conference.

Each afternoon from 3:30pm - 5pm we're holding a free online session to help you on your sustainable schools journey. The sessions will feature presentations, case studies and stories under the themes of wellbeing and sustainability, outdoor education and kitchen gardens, sustainability planning and the Sustainable Schools Grants, and waste, composting and recycling.

Each afternoon session is free, but bookings are required. You can choose to attend one or multiple afternoon sessions - just select which ones you plan to attend at the time of booking.

Book your ticket here

While these sessions will not be NESA endorsed, they will be a great chance to learn, get inspired and connect in short, sharp practical sessions.

Accessing the Conference

Those who have booked tickets for the conference will now have received an email containing the Zoom login details for all four afternoon sessions. If you have registered through the trybooking link but cannot find this email (and it's not in your spam or junk mail folders, or in an alternate email inbox for an address you provided) please email the conference team at for assistance.

For emergency troubleshooting (if you have trouble accessing the Zoom conference session in the afternoon), call 0401 864 707.

If you would like to attend any of the conference afternoon sessions, but have not yet booked your ticket, please do so at and you will be emailed the conference Zoom details.

We won’t be recording the afternoon sessions, however registered participants will receive a follow up email with links to key resources discussed during each session after the conclusion of the conference.

Thursday 29 October (Waste, Composting and Recycling)

If you have registered to attend the Thursday 29 October (Waste, Composting and Recycling) session:

Join the session at 3:30pm via your web browser by clicking and enter the passcode 342625 if prompted.

Or, join via the Zoom app (if you have downloaded it) on your computer or device by entering the following when prompted:

  • Meeting ID: 825 9423 4746
  • Passcode: 342625

Conference Program

Monday 26 October 3.30-5.00pm: Wellbeing and sustainability

3.30 - 3.40 Welcome and Introduction, Sue Martin, President, AAEE NSW

3.40 - 4.10 Latest research and case studies on school wellbeing and sustainability from ResourceSmart Schools Victoria, Cyrelle Field, Manager - Education, Sustainability Victoria

4.10 - 4.30 Using environmental education as the catalyst to support wellbeing, Kirsty Tannous, Wellbeing Mentor, Fairvale Public School

4.30 - 4.50 NSW Environmental and Zoo Education Centres online resources to support wellbeing in nature, Jill Bell, Teacher, Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

4.50 - 5.00 Q&A with the speakers

Tuesday 27 October 3.30-5.00pm: Outdoor education and kitchen gardens

3.30 - 3.40 Welcome and Introduction, Fran Hughes, Executive Committee, AAEE NSW

3.40 - 4.00 Embedding environmental education into K-12 curriculum, Julie Rogers, Head Teacher Science, Lucas Heights Community School

4.00 - 4.20 Kitchen Gardens in Schools, Helen Curry, Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

4.20 - 4.40 Opportunities and benefits of teaching in a garden setting, Tanya Leishman, Seaforth Public School

4.40 - 5.00 Q&A with the speakers

Wednesday 28 October 3.30-5.00pm: Sustainability planning and Sustainable Schools Grants

3.30 - 3.40 Welcome and Introduction, Julia Barnes, Sustainable Schools NSW Program Coordinator, AAEE NSW

3.40 - 4.00 Overview of Sustainable Schools Grant Program - lessons from Round One and changes to Round Two, Angela Dunnett, NSW DET

4.00 - 4.20 School Environmental Management Plans - Tools for the Journey, Sue Martin, AAEE NSW

4.20 - 4.40 Using the Sustainability Action Process for student led projects, Glen Halliday, Principal, Observatory Hill EEC

4.40 - 5.00 Q&A with the speakers

Thursday 29 October 3.30-5.00pm: Waste, composting and recycling

3.30 - 3.40 Welcome and Introduction, Mel Sellen, Project Officer, AAEE NSW

3.40 - 4.00 Getting waste data and Wiping out Waste, Lisa Wriley, Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

4.00 - 4.20 Key factors for successful food waste reduction in schools - composting, worm farming and chickens, Megan Cooke, AAEE NSW Green Leaders Mentor

4.20 - 4.40 Spotlight on Return and Earn – tips and case studies to help schools achieve environmental and social outcomes, Danielle Smalley, CEO, and Marta Scuccuglia, Community Engagement Manager, Exchange for Change

4.40 - 5.00 Q&A with the speakers

We hope you'll be able to join us!