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Environmental sustainability

Education for Sustainability

students on walkway

Reorienting education systems to sustainability is a major objective outlined in the Environmental Sustainability Strategy where whole-of-institution engagement, innovative teaching and learning and changes to curricula are key processes in achieving the vision of a sustainable Australia. Deakin University, recognises that the principles of Education for Sustainability need to be integrated into all courses so that graduates will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to not only incorporate environmental sustainability into their future professions but to achieve the transformation that is required for a sustainable future.


  • A working group established and a detailed plan developed to integrate Education for Sustainability principles into the teaching, research and learning at Deakin University
  • Work with the Institute of Teaching & Learning (ITL) to develop staff professional development programs and source opportunities for funding Education for Sustainability programs
  • A proposal developed which outline opportunities for the development of Education for Sustainability programs within each School/Faculty at Deakin University
  • A program of integrated learning activities developed to foster the development of engaged and ethical students and staff at Deakin University who are aware of the challenges of environmental sustainability.

Key activities undertaken

  • Development of Deakin's first cross-faculty, interdisciplinary unit around environmental sustainability
  • Inclusion of Environmental Sustainability into the graduate attributes
  • Establishment of working group
  • Signatory to the Talloires Declaration



Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

1st March 2012