Central Coast Environmental Education Network

Christine Freeman and Jane Smith
(02) 4324 7200

In 2017/18 the Central Coast Environmental Education Network (CCEEN) are undertaking a collaborative best practice sustainability education and engagement project 'Central Coast Green Canteens'. (Read project case study here).

This project is supported by AAEE NSW through their regional capacity building project and the NSW Government's Environmental Trust.

Central Coast Green Canteens
Central Coast Green Canteens aims to reduce single-use plastics and champion plastic free canteens. This will help to reduce playground litter and the amount of waste that enters Central Coast drains and waterways. Primary and High School canteens will initially be surveyed to assess their present plastic use and will be encouraged to adopt alternatives to single-use plastic items.  Canteen surveys will again be conducted post program implementation and a prize will be offered to the school canteen that adopts the most changes. Schools will be able to share learnings through an established regional canteen network and associated Facebook site.  It also supports the Wise about Waste program ethos.

The project collaborators include the Central Coast Environmental Education Network, the Australian Association of Environmental Education, Take 3, Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, Community Environment Network, Central Coast Council, Kariong Eco Garden, Total Environment Centre and Tangaroa Blue Foundation and has been supported by the NSW Government through it’s Environmental Trust.

The name Green Canteen was chosen for our title as there is a long history of this concept name that goes back to the early 1990’s. Barbara Aird was a canteen manager that developed the concept and later went on to become a Manly Councillor.

This project has been supported by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust.

About our Network
CCEEN is for sustainability educators from the Central Coast which is geographically bounded by Hawkesbury River in the South, Lake Macquarie to the North, Bucketty and Wisemans Ferry to the West and the Tasman Sea to the East.

Sustainability educators/facilitators from all sectors are welcome to become members of CCEEN.

Our Vision
Facilitating a collaborative approach to environmental education that enables the community to make informed decisions and take action for sustainability now and in the future.

Our Mission
Working together and communicating regularly on projects whilst supporting each other and ensuring best practice sustainability education and engagement.

Read our CCEEN Strategic Plan 2017- 2020