AuSSI is based on a whole school approach to learning and the principles of education for sustainability www.aries.mq.edu.au/publications/aries/efs_brochure/ . AuSSI provides teaching staff with professional development and support to make the shift towards student leadership and ownership of projects and activities. Through engaging in AuSSI, teachers and students find opportunities to use real changes in the management of the school's environment and resources as the basis for lessons, projects and units of work in all curriculum areas.
AuSSI encourages teaching and learning in a range of settings, not limited to the classroom, and promotes critical and future thinking amongst all participants. The holistic model promoted by AuSSI results in an increased sense of community within the school, increased student motivation and empowerment due to students' sense of project ownership, and satisfaction for all involved.
The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) seeks to support schools and their communities to become sustainable