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Now in its 4th year, EASL's 'Learning for Sustainability Conference' is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people, hear from experts in the field, gain contacts and ideas to take back to your classroom, all while enjoying local food in a beautiful setting. There will be learning opportunities for both early learning and school age educators on a range of sustainability topics detailed in the program below.

Conference Details:

Date: Tuesday 21st May 
Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Venue: Box Hill Institute - Lilydale Lakeside Campus
Cost: $50 for Local Tickets | $150 for External Tickets
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

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Peter Hutton

Morning Keynote

Peter Hutton,
Future Schools Alliance

The conference will kick off with a keynote presentation from Peter Hutton, Director of the Future Schools Alliance and Past Principal of Templestowe College. Peter's strength is transformational insight and HOW to implement change in schools. Peter was appointed Principal of Templestowe College in 2009. It was a “broken” school with just 286 local students and 23 Year 7s. Today, Templestowe College has over 1,150 students and has recently been recognised as one of the most innovative schools in the world.


Jason Clarke Closing Speaker PhotoAfternoon Master Class

Jason Clarke,
Minds at Work

The renowned Jason Clarke will be sharing the 'Secrets of the Dark Side' in this afternoon Master Class. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s been helping people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership. 

Workshop Sessions

Concurrent Session 1 – 10:25am to 11:10am

  • Seedlings: An Early Years’ Sustainability Leadership Model, Verity McLucas - City of Port Phillip
  • STEM in a Garden, Dr Louise Olsen-Kettle - Swinburne University
  • Earth Education,Chelsea McNab and Kylie Barnes -Yarra Valley ECOSS

Concurrent Session 2 – 11:30am to 12:15pm

  • It’s Seasonal – What’s with our Weather? (Primary and Early Childhood), Lisa Moloney - Whitehorse City Council
  • Talking with Children about Climate Change, Dr Susie Burke - Environmental Psychologist
  • Making the most of your outdoor classroom, Ellen Regos - Cultivating Community
  • The Cost of Waste, Lona Parry and Clare Nolan - So-Eco for Schools

Concurrent Session 3 – 12:20pm to 1:05pm

  • It’s Seasonal – What’s with our Weather? (Upper Primary and Secondary), Lisa Moloney - Whitehorse City Council
  • Talking with Children about Climate Change, Dr Susie Burke - Environmental Psychologist
  • Food Waste Recycling, Ellen Regos - Cultivating Communities
  • Recycling with Mondo, Alexis Todorovski - SCRGroup

Morning tea and lunch are both provided as part of this event. A certificate of attendance will be sent out after the conference as recognition of the professional development undertaken on the day.

Keep checking here for more conference updates and further details of exhibitors and presenters as they come on board.

This event has been heavily subsidised by EASLs member councils to ensure this remains an accessible event for all educators within the region. As such ticket fees are only a fraction of the cost per person and include booking fees, parking, GST and catering for morning tea and lunch. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and exclusive access to resources from the conference.

People wanting to attend from external council areas should contact the EASL coordinator via info@easl.com.au to be placed on the waiting list should additional spaces remain. External participants will be required to pay the full $150 fee.

What people have said about Learning for Sustainability Conferences in the past:

  • The presenters I saw were well prepared and very passionate about their programs. I was engaged the whole time."
  • "I found the presenters were great! Full of information, professional, friendly and approachable. I will look forward to coming next year."
  • "I really enjoyed the conference and am excited to try some of my new ideas."
  • "Thanks for another great, affirming, encouraging, connected day."
  • "I have found today really great for my confidence and knowledge about sustainability education."
  • "There was a good selection of stands, info and voluneers. It was generally a very positive vibe. Thank you!"

Getting There

The venue is easily reachable by public transport and there is plenty of parking available on site with the cost included in the cost of your ticket. The 670 bus stops at Lilydale Lakeside/Jarlo Drive or the conference centre is a 20 minute walk from Lilydale station.

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