Web Links

Environmental Education Web Links

The following external websites have been identified by HCCREMS team members during the delivery and development of past projects.

If you know of any great online resources we should include here, please email hccrems@huntercouncils.com.au

Climate Change

Author Title Summary
Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy HCCREMS Climate Change Community Education Presentation A community climate change presentation and resources for educators to deliver to community or school audiences. Find out more about this project or secure your own copy of this resource.
Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy HCCREMs Climate Change Program The project aims to raise awareness amongst the community, industries and councils of the impacts of climate change by providing them with regional and sub regional climate change scenarios at a scale that can accurately inform local adaptation planning by these groups
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI Local Government Climate Road Map These short videos by ICLEI may be useful to play during presentations and workshops with council staff, community members or councillors
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Database on Coping Strategies A resource database that includes climate hazard, impact or coping strategy for case studies on adaptation actions. Developed by the UNFCCC
Newcastle City Council Newcastle City Council Climate Cam  ClimateCam for Councils provides practical information and strategies to show local governments how to save money, help the environment and engage the community by reducing energy and water consumption and resultant greenhouse gas emissions
Local Government and Shires Association LGSA Climate Change Action Pack The pack aims to improve local councils’ understanding of the impact of climate change on local government areas of responsibility and to assist local government to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Presentations and Graphs Recent presentations, graphs and illustrations from the IPCC
Australian Antarctic Division Australian Antarctic Division  Australia’s Antarctic program. As a division of the DEWHAD site includes resources, photos, educational material and project updates
Australian Government Department of Climate Change Aust Govt Climate Change  Information for households, business and industries. Australian specific information on climate change, latest news, science and reports
NASA Images NASA Images  A graphics and photos database of NASA images which can be used in climate change education programs (appropriately credited)

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Environmental Education

Author Title Summary
Hunter Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy Rural Residential Living Kit This Guide has been developed especially for those living on rural residential properties. It aims to bring together in one central location a range of useful information and resources to assist you to enjoy the rural lifestyle you have chosen and to achieve the personal goals you have set for your property.
Hunter Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy Urban Water Info Online resource to help council officers, developers and the community, better understand and implement water sensitive urban design technologies.
Tom Farrell Institute Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment An institute engaging the community and university with a variety of projects.

 

Hunter Valley Research Foundation (HVRF) Hunter Valley Research Foundation A variety of publications and statistical information for the Hunter region relating to a variety of topics.
Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority HCR CMA Resources and Reference guides with project information, toolkits, publications and educational programs from the region.
Hunter Waste Educators Group (HWEG) HWEG The Hunter Waste Education Group (HWEG) consists of local and state government waste or environmental educators from within the Hunter Region, NSW. HWEG members work together to identify, develop and foster regional partnership project opportunities for member organisations.
Together Today Together Today A not-for-profit co-operative board, represented by local business and industry working to create a platform for environmental education.
Hunter Wetlands Centre Hunter Wetlands Centre An educational centre with information, fact sheets, and educational resources regarding wetland / biodiversity education.
Local Government and Shire Association of N.S.W USSA Resource Database This section of the USSA website aims to assist in the identification and promotion of sustainability resources relevant to NSW councils.
Australian Local Government Association ALGA Environment Environment policy and research area providing information on national polices and programs, resources and case studies that are relevant to local government across Australia.
Department of Sustainability Environment, Water, Populations and Communities Publications Page Publications, brochures, posters and other resources available to order.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Caring for Country Publications Page Various publications including agreements, annual reports, books, brochures, case studies, fact sheets, guidelines, legislation etc.
The Watershed The Watershed An environmental centre with Sydney and Marrickville Councils. Includes information sheets, programs, educators resources, workshop templates and many other resources.
Australian Conservation Foundation ACF Online A not-for-profit organisation with information and programs across a wide area of topics.
Nature Conservation Council of NSW NCC of NSW A not-for-profit organisation with information and programs across a wide area of topics.
Total Environment Centre Total Environment Centre A not-for-profit organisation with resources, advocacy and information about the environment.
Water for Life Water for Life This hub is designed as a ‘one-stop-shop’ on everything to do with water education for the community. It will be regularly updated and contains a range of useful tools, resources, events and professional learning opportunities.
ECOEDGE ECOEDGE ECOEDGE is a network of environmentally passionate people who support each other to achieve greater outcomes by working collaboratively in Environmental/Sustainability Education in schools and communities.

Members of ECOEDGE include professional environmental educators, teachers, and other interested members of the public in the Hunter, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie area. Individuals from outside this area are of course warmly welcomed. ECOEDGE meets informally up to four times a year with the meeting content nominated by members.

Meetings are a great opportunity to share and includes presentations about upcoming events, learning opportunities, funding, resources and new innovations. Meetings are generally held in a central location on a weekday evening from 3.30-5.30pm.

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Environmental Education for Primary Schools

 Author  Title  Summary
AAS Primary Connections  This website provides various resources for teaching and learning which aim to enhance primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science. Includes environmental programs and Indigenous perspectives.
 Gould Group Australian Wildlife Cams Observe real-life Australian wildlife up close with live video streaming at the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary. Here students can record the movements of sugar gliders and other creatures on an interactive graph. The site provides curriculum activities, information sheets and more.
 ASTA  Bush Blitz Resource The Bush Blitz teacher resource booklet was produced by ASTA, in partnership with the Australian Biological Resource Study to provide background information for teachers on the Bush Blitz program. The booklet also includes supporting activities, projects and investigations for teachers to undertake with students from preschool through to senior secondary levels.
 Gould Group Future Scapes In future scapes students can see the effect that everyday choices have on the environment, air, water, land, climate change, greenhouse emissions, biodiversity and waste management through an interactive guide. A great resource for the classroom.
 Gould Group  Climate Education Garden Centre This website provides resources for schools wanting to integrate gardens into the outdoor environment. Online you can explore the garden, download fact sheets and work sheets and watch instructional videos.
 Gould Group Food Webs This resource provides activities and lesson ideas based around food webs and biological diversity.
Gould Group Sea for Yourself Explore the beach and oceans online with this resource which provides information on various ocean environments and conservation.
Gould Group  Gum Litter Guardians
This kit, Gum Litter Guardians, provides learning activities that offer outcomes across a range of standards. The kit encourages students to become ambassadors for their school and local community environment.
Gould Group Wildscape: Fun and achievable wildlife projects in Australia Wilscape provides students with the ability to design and create plant and wildlife habitats. Students consider the food, water and shelter needs for the animals they want to attract. Includes activities for kids and resources for teachers.
 Royal Geographical Society of Queensland  How Do We Save Our Waterways?  This unit introduces students to the topic of fresh water  for learning about a range of concepts and issues such as conservation of freshwater resources, and protection of freshwater from pollution. Included is 17 suggested lessons for years 3-7.
 Cooper Creek Wilderness Daintree Rainforest This resource provides information about the Daintree rainforest with virtual tours and videos.
ASTA  Teacher Earth Science Education Program This resource provides middle years teachers with PD workshops, updated resources, new resources access to skilled teachers.
Cursions Pty Ltd Cursions! Provides a comprehensive, easily searchable directory of educational opportunities including school activities, excursions, incursions, virtual tours and teacher’s resources.
 The Environmental Literacy Council  The Environmental Literacy Council The ELC is an independent organisation consisting of scientists, economists and educators providing a vast spectrum of information aimed at teachers and students to improve environmental literacy.
National Wildlife Federation Kids – National Wildlife Federation This American website is visually sophisticated and has a wide variety of classroom and kids activities that apply to a global audience.
 Wyong Shire Council Environmental Education Wyong Shire provides educational resources and lesson ideas that address water education across all levels, mobile phone recycling, sustainable living and platypus awareness.
 NSW DET  Environmental and Sustainability Education This site provides information on curriculum support for teaching environmental and sustainability in schools.
CSIRO CSIRO Education Resources The CSIRO website has a wide range of resources in the education section for students, teachers and parents to access. The content available covers all stages of development.
National Geographic Education Educational resources for teachers, students, and families.
Custom Boxes Now Teaching Kids About Recycling Educational resources for teachers.
Home Advisor Reduce Waste and Save Money at Home Educational information on general home sustainability.

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Environmental Education for Secondary Schools

Author Title Summary
Gould Group Australian Wildlife Cams Observe real-life Australian wildlife up close with live video streaming at the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary. Here students can record the movements of sugar gliders and other creatures on an interactive graph. The site provides curriculum activities, information sheets and more.
Gould Group Future Scapes In future scapes students can see the effect that everyday choices have on the environment, air, water, land, climate change, greenhouse emissions, biodiversity and waste management through an interactive guide. A great resource for the classroom.
Royal Geographical Society of Queensland  How Do We Save Our Waterways? This unit introduces students to the topic of fresh water  for learning about a range of concepts and issues such as conservation of freshwater resources, and protection of freshwater from pollution. Included is 17 suggested lessons for years 3-7.
Cooper Creek Wilderness Daintree Rainforest This resource provides information about the Daintree rainforest with virtual tours and videos.
ASTA Bush Blitz Resource The Bush Blitz teacher resource booklet was produced by ASTA, in partnership with the Australian Biological Resource Study to provide background information for teachers on the Bush Blitz program. The booklet also includes supporting activities, projects and investigations for teachers to undertake with students from preschool through to senior secondary levels.
ASTA Teacher Earth Science Education Program This resource provides middle years teachers with PD workshops, updated resources, new resources and access to skilled teachers.
Cursions Pty Ltd Cursions! Provides a comprehensive, easily searchable directory of educational opportunities including school activities, excursions, incursions, virtual tours and teacher resources.
The Environmental Literacy Council The Environmental Literacy Council The ELC is an independent organisation consisting of scientists, economists and educators providing a vast spectrum of information aimed at teachers and students to improve environmental literacy.
Wyong Shire Council Environmental Education Wyong Shire provides educational resources and lesson ideas that address water education, mobile phone recycling, sustainable living and platypus awareness.
 Sea Shephard Conservation Society  Sea Shephard The Sea Shephard website offers comprehensive information about their campaigning for species such as bluefin tuna, whales, dolphins and sharks as well as campaigning for Galapagos and the Gulf Oil Spill.
 MESA Marine Education Society of Australia Resources This MESA website has a number of resources for teachers to assist with teaching about marine and coastal environments. Also included is information about specific areas of marine life and online activities for students.
National Library of Australia Picture Australia On Picture Australia you can search Australian instructions for photographs, objects, maps and works of art from Australia’s past and present. A fascinating resource for all ages.
 Pacific Institute  The Pacific Institute This website contains information and resources on water shortages, habitat destruction, global warming, and environmental injustice. A good resource for senior environmental study.
Living Schools  Living Schools This site has been built by educators to provide educational resources for environmental and sustainable education programs. It includes information on water and energy, permaculture and biodiversity.
University of Sydney Our Indigenous Garden This Web quest from the University of Sydney allows students to explore the plant species used by Aboriginal Australians for food, shelter, medicine and tools.
University of Sydney Webquests for Science  The University of Sydney has created a variety of web quests that can be used in the secondary classroom covering topics such as biology, earth and environmental science and physics.
The Natural Edge Project Downloads and Resources This site provide sustainability podcasts, radio transcripts, newspaper and magazine articles covering issues of sustainability in Australia. These resources could prove beneficial particularly for senior studies.
National Geographic Daily News The National Geographic website is an obvious choice for educational materials, with a news search function students can do their own research on environmental topics and get the latest information and access beautiful pictures.
National Geographic Education Educational resources for teachers, students, and families.
Project Earth Project Earth Project Earth is a global network of individuals and educators sharing resources, activities and information for environmental education.
CSIRO CSIRO Education Resources The CSIRO website has a wide range of resources in the education section for students, teachers and parents to access. The content available covers all stages of development.

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Forests in NSW

Author Title Summary
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Threatened Species in the Hunter/Central Rivers There are currently 222 species, 12 populations and 28 ecological communities listed as endangered or vulnerable across this region, use this map to find those local to you.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage NSW Office of Environment and Heritage This site contains vast information covering areas such nature conservation, parks and environmental issues. There is also education resources for teachers and students.
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Watagans National Park This park protects the headwaters of the Congewai and Quorrobolong creeks, which flow into the Hunter River, and the Gap and Dora creeks, which feed into Lake Macquarie. Find information here about camping, school excursions and native flora and fauna.
Wetlands EEC Hunter Wetlands Centre The Wetlands Environmental Education Centre is located at Hunter Wetlands Centre, the education page provides links to teacher and student resources, education programs and booking details.
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Australian Rainforests This website provides detailed information about the history of Australian rainforests and different types of rainforest, addressing indigenous history, food, shelter, and perfect conditions.
Trees in Newcastle Trees in Newcastle Trees in Newcastle is a local native plant nursery, volunteer & education centre and provider of bush regeneration services.
Australian Forests Australia’s Unique Forests This site offers information about Australian Forest types, why forests matter, and maps to locate Australian forests.
Community Environment Network Central Coast and Hunter  Land for Wildlife was established to support the maintenance and enhancement of native biodiversity on private land. The organization runs workshops, bush regeneration and has developed a regional seed bank. Click through for more information on their wide range of projects.

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Sustainable Events

Author Title Description
Sustainable Living Foundation Sustainable Events Planner The Sustainable Events Planner aims to assist event organisers and event visitors in creating an event which understands and addresses environmental and social impacts that events create and work towards more sustainable event practices. This resource provides tools to evaluate the sustainability of an event, a guide to organizing a sustainable event, a directory to connect you to event service and a forum to share knowledge with others.
Origin Energy The Sustainable Event Origin has developed a website to assist with creating more sustainable events. On their website you can use a calculator to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with your event. Find general hints and tips to help avoid or reduce your event’s greenhouse gas emissions and learn how to offset greenhouse gas emissions associated with your event

 

Sustainable Event Solutions Sustainable Event Management System SEMS is an online sustainable event management system. The aim of the program is to teach you how to plan, organize, measure and report upon the “green” performance of your event or meeting.
Towards Sustainable Communities Running a ‘Green’ Event This resource provides presentations which have a focus on sustainability specifically in the area of event management. Included are case studies of other events. The website also contains a calendar of green events.
ABC Western Victoria Greenspot – Sustainable Events This article written by Rebecca McLaren is a good introduction into sustainable events management briefly highlighting several key areas of consideration for sustainable events planning.
Greensense Sustainable Event Management This website addresses why sustainable event management(SEM) is important, how SEM can be implemented and the role of carbon offsetting in SEM.
Sustainable Communities Online How to Plan a Sustainable Event This website provides a free downloadable PDF guide to sustainable event planning which covers topics such as choosing a site, presenters, event materials, promotion, food services, logistics and more.
Monash University Sustainable Events Guide This 16 page PDF is a comprehensive guide to green event planning and addresses issues such as venue choice, transport, catering, equipment and supplies, waste management, promotion, carbon offsets and provides a thorough sustainable catering guide.
Great Southern Events The Checklist to Running an Environmentally Sustainable Event on a Sustainable Budget This 9 page PDF document provides a thorough checklist of the considerations that should be addressed when planning a sustainable event as well as links to further resources and information. The topics in the document included travel, carbon offsets, waste management, power and water suppliers, printed materials and promotion, catering and menu choices, venue selection and procurement.
EPA Victoria Event Calculator The Carbon and Ecological Footprint Events Calculator measures the Ecological Footprint of your event, as well as the associated greenhouse gas emissions of your event activities.

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Sustainable Procurement

Author Title Summary
Australian Green Procurement  Toolbox, Products Database and Events  This website has been designed for procurement officers and technical professionals involved in the field of green procurement
 Australasian Procurement and Construction Councils  Government Sustainable Procurement Framework  Government procurement framework to incorporate all three elements of sustainability into one document. This is a set of national principles to guide Australian State, Territory and Feral Governments in implementing sustainable procurement
 Capital Ambition (London)  London’s Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Sustainable Procurement  A website with example policies and strategies, training and toolkits to help implement sustainable procurement
 Office of Environment and Heritage  A guide to office paper and sustainable purchasing / use of office products  A series of guides to assist in purchasing office paper and products and information on sustainable use
 Office of Environment and Heritage  NABERS Office Resource Library  Various resources to assist to green your office including sustainable procurement and office paper information
 Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Community  Environmental Purchasing Checklist – Recycled Products  This checklist suggests environmental criteria for use by Commonwealth departments and agencies when purchasing products that can be made from recycled materials
 Hunter Councils  Regional Procurement  Regional Procurement Initiative, a division of Hunter councils Inc. has been established in response to a need for a collaborative approach to regional tendering and contracting
 ICLEI  Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign  Procura+ is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing Sustainable Procurement – and help promote their achievements
 Local Government and Shire Association  Sustainable Choice  A sustainable procurement program for NSW local government. The Sustainable Choice program aims to increase the level of sustainable purchasing within the local government sector by supporting individual councils with information and skills sharing between councils on sustainable products and services
 Queensland Government  Sustainable Procurement in Qld Government  Resources and policy information on QLD state government procurement
 Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC)  Get It Green – Sustainable Procurement Policy  A model sustainable procurement policy with key sustainability clauses to assist in tender assessment

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Sustainable Transport

Author Title Summary
Australian Bicycle Council Publications and Resources Various resources to assist in the promotion of cycling including resource packs, forecasting demand for bicycle facilities and a bike ability toolkit
Australian Bureau of Statistics Environmental Attitudes and Transport Statistics, facts and figures on the attitude and behaviour towards transport
Australian, State and Territory Governments TravelSmart Australia A comprehensive guide in developing sustainable transport initiatives, both community and workplace programs.  TravelSmart Australia is a joint initiative of Australian, State and Territory Governments
Bicycle Victoria Ride to Work Day An annual day to encourage staff to ride to work. Website includes promotional tools, safety info and other resources to implement the initiative in your work place event planned 14th of October 2009
Department of Sustainability Environment, Water, Population and Community Car Sharing; an overview An overview of car sharing with investigations of programs overseas with the view for helping support local initiatives
Office of Environment and Heritage Let’s Clear the Air DECCW have just released a air quality education kit that comprised of campaign ideas, promotional resources, flyers and posters
Hunter New England Population Health Building Livable Communities in the Hunter Region A resource that can assist the urban planning industry to incorporate health and social outcomes in proposed developments. This resource also acts as a guide for local government and health professionals interested in assessing the health and social outcomes of proposed development
London Department for Transport Sustainable Travel A wealth of information and resources in developing a sustainable transport policy with staff workplace information, community and business information
NSW Department of Planning Planning Guidelines for Walking and Cycling These guidelines include information, concepts, case studies and illustrations designed to assist planners
Roads and Maritime Services NSW Bicycle Guidelines Guides to assist in developing cycle ways
Roads and Maritime Services Hunter and Regional Cycleways Map A series of Hunter and other regional cycleway maps produced by the RTA
Roads and Maritime Services Handbook for Bicycle Riders Includes safety information for riding bikes on NSW roads
Roads and Maritime Services Guidelines How to Prepare and Bike Plan The guide provides resources and a framework in assisting in preparing a local Council bike plan
RTA and Energy Smart Producing and using Transport Access Guides A guide to assist organisations and businesses to develop transport access guides to minimise emissions as a result of transport
SHOROC SHOROC Cycleways Mapping Project Final Report Final project report to identify and track current cycle ways within the SHOROC area to help identify potential future projects
Traffic Court Stop Traffic and Carpool Today Information on the benefits of carpooling.

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Education for Sustainability Professional Learning Hub

The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water has recently upgraded their ‘Education for Sustainability Professional Learning Hub’ website to assist sustainability educators in their professional development.  Registered users of the site can:

  • take an online self assessment to identify learning needs;
  • visit the Hub resource library to access publications, identify events and training providers, access digital media, identify funding opportunities and access links to some of the best websites for EfS.

If you know of any great resources or upcoming events you’d like to share, register with the Hub and submit them for publication.  Training providers can register for free and promote their courses and services.

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