A system-wide school-based program for sustainability: Climate Clever Energy Savers

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Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development, 2014, 1, pp. 245 - 269
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This chapter reports on an external evaluation of a state-wide Education for Sustainability program conducted in NSW, Australia. This program, Climate Clever Energy Savers, conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, invited students in primary and secondary schools (from years 3 to 10), under the guidance of their teachers, to submit proposals for funding projects to the value of up to $2000 aimed at reducing their school's electricity consumption and costs. The chapter situates the program in the context of the need for sustainable development, and the centrality of education in achieving this. The ongoing evaluation has been investigating outcomes of the school-based projects, as well as teachers' views on the support made available to the teachers and students undertaking them. More specifically, this chapter investigates three illustrative sites of practice of the Program, examining outcomes, commonalities and differences across these sites. One feature common to most if not all projects is the use of the Sustainability Action Process as a framework for guiding the progress of all projects. This will form one mode of comparison of implementation of the projects across the specific and diverse sites. The chapter will conclude with implications for practice and further research emerging from the case study investigations.
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