Sustainable Schools Network

All Hallows Vegetable Garden
All Hallows Vegetable Garden

Council launched the Sustainable Schools Network (SSN) in March 2012 and includes 14 active member schools participating. The aim of the network is to assist, advise and inspire schools to incorporate sustainability education within the curriculum and run projects within the school community.
The SSN is managed by the Sustainability Team and offers environmental grants, free sustainability workshops and four network meetings each year (one per term) hosted by schools on a rotating basis. Meetings are open to all teachers and parents of the school.

Each meeting includes:

  • Guest speaker on a sustainability topic
  • Announcements of free workshops and grant opportunities
  • Information about sustainability resources, tools and programs available from environmental organisations

The SSN has assisted schools with projects such as edible and native gardens, native bee hives, rainwater tanks, aquaponics, wildlife habitats, outdoor classrooms, litter and waste reduction programs. Education programs have been delivered to schools by Keep NSW Beautiful, Observatory Hill Education Centre, Seed Harvest Spoon, Take 3 for Sea and includes funding to attend  the annual Youth Eco Summit (at SOPA).

Professional Learning Accreditation for Teachers

DEC teachers who attend our SSN meetings can register for two hours of accredited professional learning through their DEC portal. Council will provide a code to all the teachers prior to the meeting for registration.

2018 Meeting Dates

Date/Time Location
Thursday, 15 February, 3.45pm Victoria Avenue Public School
Thursday, 10 May, 3.45pm TBC
Thursday, 9 August, 3.45pm TBC
Thursday, 25 October, 3.45pm TBC

Small Environmental Grants for Schools Program

The Small Environmental Grants for Schools program supports school based projects that demonstrate environmental sustainability principles and target behaviour change for sustainability.

2018 Key Dates

Grant applications opens 15 February 2018
Grant applications close 16 March 2018
Successful applicants announced 6 April 2018
Final project acquittal 22 October 2018

Fact sheets, guidelines and applications

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Page last updated on: 14/02/18
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