This short course has been designed for people interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication. CERES has been in the business of educating students and the community in sustainability for over 30 years. Our experienced educators will take you through experiential approaches to environmental education and effective ways to change behaviours and take action for sustainability. The learner will gain theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to create immersive learning experiences. The course will cover resource use, environmental management, behaviour change and community engagement. Be inspired by our existing programs and demonstration landscape. CERES educators and industry mentors will share their experiences educating and communicating to students, teachers, organisations and community members how to reduce their impact on the earth.
This eight week course explores different approaches to environmental education:
Session 1 - Introduction to Education for Sustainability
Session 2 - Biodiversity & Sustainable Food Systems
Session 3 - Energy Use, Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Session 4 - Waste, Organic Recycling and Life Cycle Analysis
Session 5 - Water Use, Quality and Sensitive Urban Design
Session 6 - People, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement
Session 7 - Meet your Mentor Day
Session 8 - Graduation and Presentation Day
Each session has been crafted to involve the learner in the topic. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop and practice what they have learnt.
Sessions 2 – 6 have been designed for special interest, individual PD days for teachers who can’t commit to the full short course.
Lead Trainer Bio: Lorna Pettifer has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for more than 10 years. At CERES Lorna passionately manages and delivers adult education and training programs. Her background in sustainability stems from ecology and zoology and has broadened to community engagement, environmental management, behaviour change and farm and food programs. Lorna has worked with community groups, schools and individuals. Her work has supported teachers, students, households and organisations in sustainability management and behavior change. As an environmental advocate she has worked in National Parks, Environmental Consultancies, Universities, NGOs and Wildlife reserves as a conservationist, educator, tour guide, bush regenerator, GIS Consultant, environmental modeller and researcher.
This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.
ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $88 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.
Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or email@example.com for more information and to book an interview.
This course runs each Tuesday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM for eight weeks
- Background in Education for Sustainability and engaged with mentors and industry
- Immersion in topics of Biodiversity, Energy, Waste, Water, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement
- How to create your own activities and you will present your own project at Graduation
- Experience in creating your own environmental education activities
- Connection with mentors and people in the sector
- A network of like minded students
- Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
- Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
- Pen and paper
- Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
Casual (Warning: This might get messy)
People interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication.
Vendor since 2016
CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.
CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.