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Sustainable School Environmental Management Plan

Year Level(s) Years 3-6 Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Science General Science Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Environment Mining EnviroSmart
Resource Type Fact Sheet
Publish Date 30th Mar 2011

The Minerals Council of Australia is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.

This is a plan for a sequence of lessons in which students survey their school environment and develop a Sustainable School Environmental Management Plan (SSEMP). It contains links to a variety of activities and worksheets to facilitate the process.

Educational value statement

  • Provides background information, activity sequences and lesson outcomes for teachers.
  • Allows access to worksheets to survey air, land, energy, water and waste management in the school.
  • Provides examples and templates for developing mission statements and management plans.
  • Encourages students to report on the performance of their plan.

Key learning objectives

  • Students conduct environmental audits to identify unsustainable practices.
  • Students describe practices in their local environment that are unsustainable.
  • Students develop a Sustainable Environmental Management Plan for an area, based on data from audits.
  • Students produce a report of the outcomes of a management plan.


  • Science Understanding: Biological sciences; Earth and space sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science
  • Science Inquiry Skills: Processing and analysing data and information; Evaluating; Communicating

Australian Curriculum content statements (explicit)
Science: ACSSU094; ACSSU116; ACSHE062; ACSHE217; ACSHE220; ACSHE120; ASHE135] ACSIS068; ACSIS071; ACSIS090; ACSIS093; ACSIS107; ACSIS110; ACSIS129; ACSIS130; ACSIS133; ACSIS144; ACSIS145; ACSIS148; ACSIS170; ACSUS174; ACSIS204; ACSIS208

Australian Curriculum content statements (implicit or able to be connected)
Science: ACSSU073; ACSSU176; ACSHE160; ACSHE194; ACSIS091; ACSIS108; ACSIS131; ACSIS146; ACSIS171; ACSIS205

Sustainable School Environmental Management Plan

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