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Abstract

"One aim of Australia’s 2009 National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability is to equip all Australians with the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live sustainably in order that future generations can meet their needs. Despite the efforts of ECU Green Office Program, their brief is not to address curriculum issues so consequently this paper aims to be a starting point for discussions that examine how we at Edith Cowan University teach and conduct research that considers their environmental, social, cultural and economic implications. This paper focuses on two main issues: how ECU units teach in environmentally sustainable ways and how ECU units teach in socially sustainable ways. This examination of how we currently address issues of sustainability in our practices of teaching and research will enable us to discover gaps and opportunities for further addressing these complex issues in our curriculum and research. The principles of sustainability encompass the notions of many solutions to any problem so we will investigate current good practices with the understanding that “one size does not fit all”. Together we may find exemplars of good practice in another discipline and accept these tips as recommendations for enhancing our own good practice."

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