In 2010, the Australian Government evaluated the governance arrangements and the operational effectiveness of AuSSI. AuSSI has made a significant impact on education for sustainability in schools over the six years it has been operating, with a modest investment from the Australian Government. There are common goals and a collaborative and cooperative approach to implementing the initiative, but with flexibility that suits the individual needs of different jurisdictions.
AuSSI achievements include:
- Almost 30 per cent of Australian schools are now AuSSI schools, including public, catholic and independent schools (both primary and secondary).
- AuSSI schools are achieving immediate and measurable improvements in their use of resources, grounds and facilities. Participating schools have reported reductions in waste collection of up to 80 per cent, reductions in water consumption of up to 60 per cent, and savings on energy consumption of 20 per cent with commensurate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Schools are achieving broad social, wellbeing and educational benefits from increased school pride and interest in learning.
- Families of AuSSI school students across Australia have been influenced by their children's participation in AuSSI.
- For further examples of AuSSI Schools achievements, please see AuSSI case studies.
- Evaluation of operational effectiveness of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI)
- Evaluation of the Governance of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative
The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) seeks to support schools and their communities to become sustainable
- AuSSI coordinators
- AuSSI - Fact sheet
- National Environmental Education Statement for Australian Schools