Sustainable schools news

The Centenary 2020 Vision project asks school students in the ACT to use their creativity, innovation and optimism to imagine how Canberra will be different when it has achieved the Government's greenhouse gas emissions target for the year 2020.

In Canberra's centenary year, 2013, SEE-Change will run 2020 Vision competition asking students to communicate their vision for the kinds of changes Canberra could make to become sustainable. The best entries will be displayed in the national Parliament House during the 2020 Vision Festival of Young Ideas in October 2013.


For two days during the Festival of Young Ideas, school students from all over the ACT will come together in the Parliament House for a Parliament of Youth to discuss the way towards a sustainable Canberra. The aim of the Parliament of Youth is to produce an agreed statement by ACT's school students about how they think we can become a sustainable city.


To help prepare for these events, SEE-Change is running teacher workshops to assist teachers to incorporate sustainability into their programs. The first was held on 24 July 2012 where teaching resources developed by SEE-Change teaching and sustainability experts were provided and lesson plans discussed. These resources are available to be downloaded online (


SEE-Change will advise of future workshops and other assistance available in the lead-up to these events through the school networks and on the SEE-Change website.


If you are interested in sustainability and would like your children to be a part of the 2020 Vision project, please encourage your school to become involved.


Is your school principal aware of the 2020 Vision events? Do your school's teachers need more ideas for incorporating sustainability into their teaching? Please help to spread the word about 2020 Vision and the opportunity for your children to have a say in the future of Canberra.


For more information or if you would like to get involved, please contact the 2020 Vision Project Officer, Anne Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 6231 2452.


This article was published in ParentACTion 3.2012, September 2012.