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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Environmental Educator of the Year Awards, which were presented at the AAEE NSW Envionmental Education conference on 28-30 October:

Overall 2015 NSW Environmental Educator of the Year – Judy Christie

Formal – Malin Frick

Community – Aaren Drunis

Government – Judy Christie

Gould League scholarship - Tamlin McKenzie

The call for abstracts is now open for the Waste 2016 Conference (3-5 May, Coffs Harbour) Why not contribute? The due date is 30 November. See http://www.waste2016.impactenviro.com.au/call-for-abstracts

We, the 200 environmental educators gathered at the 32nd NSW Environmental Educator's conference, will continue to work with the NSW community on sustainability. We now call on our political leaders to deliver stronger action to avoid dangerous climate change.

We acknowledge that:

* human activities are disrupting the global climate system which poses significant risks to all communities and ecosystems

The Blue Star Sustainability Awards are Keep NSW Beautiful’s new sustainability awards program. Through the Blue Stars they recognise and celebrate the hard work of NSW citizens who promote responsible environmental management in their local area.

Nominations for the 2015 NSW Environmental Educator of the Year awards are open until 5th June. These have been awarded since 1981, recognising individuals in NSW who show outstanding abilities to raise the level of environment awareness in the community and who provide leadership, innovation and inspiration to others thus contributing to quality environmental education. Click here for full details and the nomination form.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide teachers, tertiary students and environmental educators, with financial assistance (up to $1000) to attend the AAEE National or NSW state annual conference or an equivalent professional learning activity. To be eligible for the award applicants must be able to demonstrate they are upholding the values of the Gould League.

Sydney Sustainable Living Festival is on this week!! The festival provides Sydneysiders with the opportunity to explore and contribute to green events all across the city covering 17 Council areas. For all the details visit the festival website.

Make the Change: A framework for education and engagement for environmental sustainability 2014-2021 is now available to view - click here for details.

The 2nd Draft of a new EfS framework for NSW has been released for stakeholder consultation. Make the Change: a framework for education and engagement for environmental sustainability 2014-2021 potentially replaces the former Council for Environmental Education and the 2007-2010 Learning for Sustainability Plan. It establishes a new way forward for EfS in NSW and provides a framework that recognises regional, rural and urban issues and works within principles and practices important for 2014 and beyond.

Do you engage your community in environmental issues? Are you from local or state government, a community organisation or a business? Are you a teacher, an academic, a community member or volunteer with an environment group?

Across NSW there are thousands of people like you who care about our environment and are educating and engaging other community members. Come to a workshop or join a webinar and have your actions and ideas contribute to a NSW Framework. Help us plan for the future.

Workshops will be held at:

The NSW Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEENSW) has partnered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to develop an Education for Sustainability vision, agenda and advisory process for NSW called the Inspiring Sustainability Action and Engagement in NSW Framework (hereafter called the ‘Framework’).

The full conference program including all the presentation abstracts is now available - click here to view.

You'll be amazed at the diversity of speakers and topics! Keynote speakers include:

The call for abstracts is open for the 31 NSW Environmental Education Conference, Dubbo, 26-27 September 2013.

Convenor Sue Saxby, Principal of the Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre, hopes to upend the normal conference structure a bit and have lots of practical and hands-on viewing/learning followed by roundtables/workshops & keynotes. Well maybe just one keynote at the beginning!!

Sue is on a mission to create links and understandings/commonalities between rural people/landscapes and others.

Click here to download the Research Synthesis and find out about the research process which has been undertaken by NSW OEH with collaboration from AAEE NSW.

The NSW Local Government and Shires Associations have just announced the Accelerating Sustainability Program, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust. This program offers in-house intensive training for ten Councils across NSW and Masterclass training for sustainability professionals in Local Government. For more information please find below:

The NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) has refused to listen to community concern about removing sustainability education support to schools.   The DEC is finalising the realignment of its central office services and functions in early October, and the current proposal removes sustainability education policy, curriculum, student learning and professional learning support.   Please take a few minutes to send a letter expressing your concern.

Nominations are now being called for positions on the Executive Committee for the NSW Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education, herein referred to as the Committee. The Committee is formed for a two year term to represent AAEE at the state level, coordinate and report on environmental education activities at the state level and to represent the interests of environmental education practitioners in NSW.

Urgent! Write letters and sign the online petition!

Last week the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) announced it was removing support for sustainability education at the State level, and with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) showing little concern for the future direction of sustainability education in NSW it is time we asked the sustainability and environmental education community in NSW to tell the government that our concerns should be listened to.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide teachers, tertiary students and environmental educators, with financial assistance (up to $1500) to attend the AAEE National or NSW state annual conference or an equivalent professional learning activity. To be eligible for the award applicants must be able to demonstrate they are upholding the values of the Gould League.

AAEE is supporting the Waste 2012 Conference and has secured a discount for AAEE members of 10% off registrations and 20% off the Pre-conference Technical Tour. The conference will be held in Coffs Harbour on 1-3 May. Visit www.impactenviro.com.au/waste2012 for details.

The Education for Sustainability Professional Learning Hub (the Hub) is an interactive online learning network that supports sustainability professionals who use Education for Sustainability (EfS) to create change. The Hub is a platform for learning and exchange, working to connect, equip and motivate people who work in EfS.

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