Supporting the independent education community






Learn how to make sustainability a success in your school or centre at the fifth biennial IEU Environment Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Sustainability: THINK CONNECT ACT’. Participants will have the chance to THINK about how to make sustainability central to their school’s or centre’s practice, CONNECT with educators and organisations who can provide training, resourcing and assistance and ACT by developing their own action plan.     

Special Guest: Costa Georgiadis

Well known for his work on television, Costa has an all consuming passion for plants and people. Costa’s holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul. He is an eco-visionary who is always focussed on the big picture – the interplay of the micro and the macro.

Costa is deeply engaged in environment education for students of all ages: early learning, primary and secondary school through to tertiary level. Costa will be sure to provide a stimulating and exciting keynote. Following his address, Costa will join us in the workshop sessions.

Special Guest: Kirsty Costa

Keynote speaker Kirsty Costa from Cool Australia is an educator with a tireless commitment to education for sustainability who will bring great enthusiasm to her interactive session. Kirsty will focus on the knowledge, understanding and skills of sustainability as a cross curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum. As well as providing practical resources across primary and secondary education, Kirsty has great ideas and resources for early learning.

 A Range of Exciting Workshops

National Parks and Wildlife Service

National Parks and Wildlife service will be presenting on ‘WilderQuest’, a comprehensive game based website and iPad app with six authentic and rich virtual experiences. This includes a Campfire with Aboriginal culture and knowledge provided by Aboriginal Rangers, as well as 360 Virtual Reality videos and a wildlife spotting app for schools. This workshop is suitable for secondary as well as upper primary students.

Most suitable for primary and secondary.


Around the globe, food production, distribution, consumption and waste threaten wildlife, water resources and climate stability. Join WWF as they lift the lid on sustainable food that’s healthy, tasty and sustainable. Learn about ways we can curb our impacts on the planet – starting locally in our school communities.

Mobile Muster

Have you ever wondered what’s inside a mobile phone or other digital devices? Participate in this hands-on workshop for an insight into recycling components of these items. Engage your students through embarking on the design process to create a sustainable smartphone blueprint.

Most suitable for primary and secondary

Sutherland Shire - Protecting Our Planet (POP) Kit

Do you need to bring sustainability to the fore at your school? This workshop is designed to re-inspire educators in utilising environmental education topics and resources aimed at fostering pro-environmental awareness and behaviour change. You will walk away with a vast toolkit of engaging learning experiences. 

Most suitable for early childhood and primary.


TerraCycle is an international recycling company that recycles the unrecyclable: think toothbrushes, lipstick tubes, coffee capsules, and even chewing gum and cigarette butts! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about recycling – and why toothbrushes can’t be thrown in the yellow-lidded bin – this workshop will educate you on the ins and outs of waste, how big the problem is, and what we can all do about it. The team at TerraCycle will also be showing teachers some fun and easy ways to teach students about waste, particularly how they can minimise their environmental impact by disposing of their waste more responsibly.

Suitable: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Did you know that research shows kids who are involved in gardening enjoy more health benefits as adults? They provide children experiences with the natural world, they enhance children’s understanding of food systems and promote healthy eating, they assist children in developing positive environmental attitudes and behaviours and can serve as a basis for experiential learning. The sustainable gardening workshop looks at water, soil, waste and utilizing your local environment to create productive and healthy gardens. Whether it be veggie or native gardens learn how to get them functioning as sustainably as possible and tick off a few cross-curriculum priorities along the way.

Suitable: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary.

 Develop Your Own Action Plan

 During the final session, participants will have the chance to learn from other environmental educators from primary and secondary schools and early learning centres that have been engaged in exciting sustainability projects, including the IEU’s own Environment Grants. The emphasis during this session will be on participants developing an environmental action plan to put into place in their school or centre.

Early Bird Rate:

Members: $150 plus fee

Non Member: $290 plus fee




Completing IEU Environment Conference 2017 - Sustainability THINK CONNECT ACT will contribute 4 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.3.2; 3.4.2; 6.2.2; 6.3.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


818-820 George St, ULTIMO, NSW 2007


20 Oct 2017


8:15 am - 4:00 pm