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News release: IEUA inspires educators to think green

TV personality Costa Georgiadis will be among speakers at the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) NSW/ACT Branch Environment Conference – Think, Act, Connect – helping teachers and support staff in non government schools and early learning centres make sustainability a success.

The biennial conference will show educators not only how sustainability fits into many areas of the curriculum, but how they can adjust day to day practices at their school or centre to benefit the environment.

“In the current climate, exposure to sensible and properly researched knowledge about the environment is crucial,” IEUA Deputy Secretary and Conference Convener Gloria Taylor said.

Cool Australia’s Kirsty Costa will provide an array of practical teaching resources about sustainability, while landscape architect and TV gardener Costa will inspire in his inimitable style.

The IEUA will also draw on the talents of its own members, with teachers and support staff who have taken an innovative approach to sustainability at their own school or centre running workshops on topics such as robotically controlled hydroponic gardens, juice producing worm farms and wicking gardens.

“These teachers and support staff will provide practical examples of how environmental projects can enhance children’s education while saving schools and centres money by reducing waste and energy bills,” IEUA Officer Keith Heggart said.

There will also be inspiring workshops from MobileMuster on what happens to unwanted phones; TerraCycle, a company that can recycle everything from toothbrushes to chewing gum; National Parks and Wildlife on their virtual experiences for students; Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands on the benefits of being outside and WWF on food waste.

See program for details

Media welcome: photo/filming/interview opportunities throughout the day.

Date and time: Friday, 20 October, 9am-3.45pm.

Venue: Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George St, Sydney (near Railway Square).

For more details: Sue Osborne 8202 8900,