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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
Sue Elliott and Tracy Young with assistance from Bridget Gardner
ANIMAL AND PLANT BIODIVERSITY
Voiceless is an organisation that envisions a world where animals are treated with respect. The animal
club is a national network of clubs across Australian schools.
The Department of Environment and Heritage has detailed information about Australia’s flora and
Australian Knowledge Resources sells sets of 12 laminated A3 posters covering a range of topics
including endangered animals, life in trees, minibeasts, camouflage and seashore life
Yarn Strong Sista is a Koorie educational consultancy In Victoria. The company sells a huge range of
indigenous resources including knitted Australian animals, puppets, finger puppets and wooden animals.
The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has a long history of raising awareness about endangered
The Victorian Department of Human Services Design Guide for Victorian Children's Services. The
guide is to assist new services and services undertaking renovation with the process of design according
to regulations and best practice. Under the heading of General Design Decisions one can find
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen garden project at Collingwood College, Melbourne
Global garden is a worthwhile site for general plant information, with specific activities and plant based
experiences for children with reprint able fact sheets.
Sustainable Gardens Victoria is an organisation that promotes healthy garden, healthy people and
healthy environments. They provide free gardening sheets, newsletter and advice for the home gardener
and will advise children services about sustainable gardening and practices. www.sgaonline.org.au
The Australian Conservation Foundation will be helpful to anyone who is considering purchasing green
energy the ACF has evaluated the best and worst performers. This may have been a deterrent to buying
your energy form renewable sources such as wind and solar in the past.
Going Solar based in Melbourne has an excellent range of information and advice about design and
products for sustainable buildings.
Greenpower is a national government program to provide accredited renewable energy for businesses
and homes. Participation in the program is outlined on the website.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND GREEN CLEANING
The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the Canadian Child Care
Federation (CCCF), has created this website to increase awareness of children's exposure to potential
contaminants in the areas where children grow, learn and play. The site has various links and resources
to facilitate informed decision making about creating safe and healthy spaces for young children.
The NSW Total Environment Centre (TEC) has a growing web site of excellent information about
protecting the environment and our health. They have developed the TCYE project, with a comprehensive
database of toxic chemical profiles for commonly used chemicals, found at:
TEC also have three invaluable resource books relevant to early childhood Safer Solutions: Integrated
Pest Management for Schools and Childcare Centres, The Toxic Playground: a guide to reducing the
chemical load in schools and childcare centres and How the Chemical Cocktail inside our home is
poisoning our children: Working Together to Clear the Air.
The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (Checnet) has an extensive website, start with:
Asthma and Air Pollution - A Guide for Health Professionals, is useful for everyone, especially
concerned parents or teachers of asthmatic children.
Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN). This useful website provides information on the
issue of children's environmental health and links to sources of information and resources in the field.
The Washington Toxics Network, (USA) are active advocates for children’s environmental health, a
very comprehensive and thoroughly researched website.
Summaries of the most hazardous and toxic chemicals, are available on the TEACH web site - Toxicity
Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health by the United States Environment Protection Authority.
The Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE)
is an affiliation of organisations working together to protect children's health from environmental
Fresh Green Clean is a Melbourne based independent business providing safe and sustainable cleaning
information, training and research with specific expertise in early childhood services.
Bioproducts based in Adelaide produces a range of natural and non-toxic paints, vanishes and oils.
The personal website of Tim Gill a British advocate for children's outdoor play with links to published
articles and sites relevant to outdoor play and nature connections.
The Playground and Recreation Association Victoria (PRAV) website has a range of useful
information about developing play spaces for children.
The Kidsafe Playground Advisory Unit in NSW provides safety information for children’s play spaces.
World Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education held in May 2005. Access the following papers:
'Outdoors It's a whole new world: Utilizing the outdoor classroom to transform early childhood
education' Nelson and Nelson
'Designing Environments that connect with nature' Stoecklin
'Creating a framework in Scotland' Warden
The International Play Association (IPA) website provides links to international information about play
policy and play spaces.
The Canadian, not-for-profit, Evergreen organization promotes natural playspaces for children and has
an excellent article on their website entitled ‘Small Wonders: Designing Vibrant Natural Landscapes for
The World Forum website that is developing following the Nature Education Working Forum held in late
2006 in USA. Papers are being compiled on this website.
The Early Childhood Outdoors Institute (ECO Institute) provides a national model (USA) of
environmental education for children ages 2-6 years with a focus on nature based preschools.
The Children and Nature Network, USA, has been established to champion the causes of Louv’s (2005)
publication The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. This network
has launched an international movement with this website under the banner ‘No Child Left Inside’.
Environmental Education Ohio, USA, is a centre providing leadership and resources for environmental
education inclusive of early childhood and the work of Ruth Wilson.
A website the Natural Learning Initiative directed by Robin C. Moore, USA, includes articles and case
studies about play and connecting with nature outdoors.
SUSTAINABILITY ORGANISATIONS AND PRODUCTS
Australian Association for Environmental Education includes a national Early Childhood Special
Interest Group (AAEE EC SIG) that promotes early childhood and has regular newsletters and networking
opportunities across Australia and New Zealand.
Australian Conservation Foundation offers a useful range of information including an Earthkids section
that is a club for Primary aged children, Green home project and Climate change free kit.
The film An Inconvenient Truth highlights many of the global concerns about global warming and
climate change. This site provides information about Al Gore’s presentations, workshops and up to date
evidence from around the globe.
(ECEEEN) NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network launched in October 2004. Regular
meetings and newsletters provided for membership.
(EEEC) Environmental Education in Early Childhood Vic. Inc., a membership based support and resource
organisation that provides regular meetings, training, newsletters and play materials for sale to early
What is your ecological footprint? Follow the link; complete the short quiz to discover how much of the
earth’s resources you use. Great information for highlighting sustainable relevance to families.
ECO-Buy is a government funded program that supports local government and businesses in purchasing
environmentally friendly products.
The Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability NSW has an extensive website with links to
reports, legislation and information about sustainable practices.
Centre for Education and Research into Environmental Strategies (CERES) in Melbourne has
services and training relevant to sustainable living and design.
The Alternative Technology Association website provides information about a range sustainable
practices, many useful links and relevant publications for purchase.
Green Pages is a comprehensive national directory of environmentally sustainable products and
Green Directory is a web based directory of sustainable practices, services and products.
Green Canary is an organisation that promotes eco-logical fundraising. What a refreshing change from
chocolate drives and rampant consumerism of often meaningless products. Fair-trade coffee, plant based
cleaners, compact fluorescent light bulbs and organic soaps are examples of products on offer.
Green parenting groups such as the Victorian based group "Natural Parenting" that provides resources,
newsletters, networking and playgroups for green parents.
KU Children's Services - Environment policy document available for purchase.
The Environment Shop in Melbourne retails a range of products and advises on sustainable practices.
Todae promotes a range of products for sustainable living throughout Australia and has a shop outlet in
Computer disposal is a huge waste problem. Did you know that there are a number of companies that will
reuse the computer and sell to people with disabilities and a range of community groups? Computers that
cannot be reused are recycled with valuable a part extracted which avoids the massive amount of
technology waste that ends up in landfill. www.computerbank.org.au <http://www.computerbank.org.au>
Sustainability Victoria has worthwhile information and tips for using in a waste-wise office.
Downloadable images and posters are some of the resources on offer
Environmental Protection Authority ( EPA) Victoria have produced some informative mini-booklets
about Ecological footprints with statistics about each Countries usage of the Earths resources
Planet Ark operates a useful site that includes a range of waste campaigns, information and resources.
My Planet is a company that collects and recycles disposable nappies.
Don't dump it, recycle it! This is the Planet Ark and Sensis 'Recycling Near You' website. You can
search for local recycling information either by Council area or product. Enter your Postcode, Suburb or
Council Name in one of the forms below to find where you can recycle in your local area. Help to
eliminate some of the confusion about recycling and information about recycling objects like corks, x-ray
film and batteries to name a few www.recyclingnearyou.com.au <http://www.recyclingnearyou.com.au>
The Green Plumbers Association website provides a useful guide to water saving products and
Savewater is a site that includes water saving tips, information about products, research and resources.
A local search tool enables you to find your local water board along with all others that operate in
Rous Water in NSW is one of very few water authorities that operate an early childhood education
program called “ water aware centre” program that visits schools, child care and kindergartens.