The UPDATES page is a quick way for you to check on the latest information and ideas that have been put up on the SUSTAINed Network Website.

Visit and On-Line Discussion by Raisa Foster from Finland

– for more information go to the Arts Hub page under the Discipline Hubs banner.

On Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at 11 am AEST,  Raisa Foster from Finland, will be visiting and has agreed to talk with us about her art-eco projects. Raisa is Research director the Art-Eco project, as well as Ph.D. artist, researcher and educator, and involved in the book project: http://artecoproject.com/proposals/art-ecojustice-and-education-call-for-proposals/.

The meeting with Raisa will be at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus of La Trobe University, in meeting room HUED 102 in the Education Building, ground floor (see campus map at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/melbourne/location  – this link also has information about how to get to La Trobe Melbourne (Bundoora) campus by public transport, etc.).

Other people may join the conversation via Zoom by contacting Colin Hocking at c.hocking@latrobe.edu.au.

Raisa is going to talk about and lead discussion around The (Eco)Pedagogy of Recognition as follows:

I aim to discuss how the pedagogy of recognition (Foster 2012) can be seen as a form of EcoJustice education (Martusewicz, Edmundson & Lupinacci 2015).  EcoJustice education starts from a systematic cultural-ecological analysis: the critical investigation focuses especially to the structures of modern thinking and to the discourses that reproduce those deeply rooted assumptions of modernity. Education which aims for supporting eco-ethical consciousness needs, along with the discourse analytical approach, an (eco)phenomenological attitude as its starting point. Eco-phenomenology extends beyond the conceptual structures towards the sensual world, which is more than human. The pedagogy of recognition claims that new ethical understanding can occur when we shift our action from (conceptual) knowing to (perceptual) recognizing. The pedagogy of recognition respects all forms of lives as equally valuable.

Looking forward to meet you all and also hear about your projects.

– Raisa Foster

NEW in 2016! Health & Wellness as a Discipline Hub

We are excited that Teresa Capetola and Sue Noy from Deakin University have agreed to help set up the Health & Wellness in EfS Hub.

To kick this off, we are holding a forum in the first week of March around the theme:

WHAT: What are the best ways to integrate sustainability education into health related tertiary level courses ?

WHEN: next Thurs 3rd March at 4 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time – if you are other states you will need to calculate the appropriate time for you).

WHERE: via ZOOM link up.

WHO: The discussion will be started with information and ideas from:

Teresa Capetola and Sue Noy from Deakin University

Fiona Armstrong from the Climate and Health Alliance – who will also talk about what was discussed at climate and health sessions at the Paris COP.

HOW TO JOIN: Email Colin Hocking at c.hocking@latrobe .edu.au to let me know that you want to be on the email list inviting you to the Zoom session – there is NO COST in participating in this session.

Some of the things we are likely to discuss include (why not join and add your own questions and ideas):

  1. What are the ways that sustainability courses should and can be incorporated into health-related courses in the tertiary sector?
  1. What is the current status of sustainability in the health sector and health courses and should this change? In what ways?
  1. What might a SUSTAINed “health hub” in EfS look like, and how might this contribute to development ofthe EfS in Higher Ed scene, including in interdisciplinary focused education?
  1. What types of links are useful with organisations outside of tertiary education, for example links to NGOs and Advocacy groups such as CAHA?

A summary and outcomes of the discussion will also be posted on the SUSTAINed website, under the Health and Wellbeing Hub. A paper by Sue Noy and others entitled “Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?” has been put on the SUSTAINed Health & Wellness Hub website at http://sustainability-ed.blogs.latrobe.edu.au/discipline-hubs/health-wellness/

Hub Meetings

There have been several interest group Hub meetings held over the past few year. The latest was the Teacher Ed Hub meeting on Friday 6th March. You can watch the video recording on the Teacher Education Hub page.

8th World Environmental Education Congress 2015

For more information on this international conference CLICK HERE.


Watch this Q & A DISCUSSION  on sustainability education in the higher education sector by Professors Stephen Sterling and David Orr at the University of Tasmania, in Hobart, November, 2014.

See the ACTS Key Note Address by Prof. Stephen Sterling on Sustainability Education – UK and International Perspectives

What We Want Sustainability Education To Look Like In Australia in 3-4 Years’ Time – POSTED BY CH on 18/11/2014

At the recent (November 2014, Hobart) conferences of AAEE  (Australian Association for Environmental Education) and ACTS (Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability) in we held workshops, telling people about the Network and asking them to think about what they would want Sustainability Education in Tertiary to look like in the next 3-4 years, if we have been successful.

Follow the link below to find out what participants thought. The responses of the participants are collated in a table towards the end of the linked page. We have taken their responses and woven them into a statement outlining what Sustainability Education in Tertiary COULD look like – so take a look, and post a comment at the end of the page.

What EfS in Tertiary Might Look Like in 3-4 Years

Here are the key themes:

  • Action Learning
  • Place & Context Learning
  • Systems Oriented Learning
  • Disciplinary-based and Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Sustainability Education Embedded in Assessment and Learning Outcomes
  • – In Ways That are Measurable
  • Learning That Explores Values, Norms and Futures
  • Learning that is Transforming for Self, Others & Society
  • Identification of Objectives & Incentives:
  • One Step At A Time


3 Responses to UPDATES

  1. alilugg says:

    I like that Judith – then if we add ED on the end as Pat Kelly suggested we highlight the educational process!

  2. Judith Alcorn says:

    Meaning of “SUSTAIN” = “strengthen or support physically or mentally”. I reckon that’s what we are on about!

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