Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

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The OCSE prepares reports on the state of Canberra’s environment as well as commissioning reports on Canberra’s ecological footprint.






SOE 2015

OCSE:Explore the whole 2015 ACT State of the Environment Report (released on 18 February 2016) or go straight to the 2015 ACT ecological footprint factsheet  or short summary. (Also: summary of previous report on Canberra’s ecological footprint and the related summary powerpoint presentation.)

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OCSE: A report on how the buying choices of Canberra residents affects our ecological footprint.

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The ACT Government Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website provides information about the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions and what the Government is doing about them.

Pulse Meter site for ACT public schools

www.watergroup.com.au/actschools This site from the ACT Education and Training Directorate has real-life information about the energy and water use of ACT’s public schools. You and your students can access data about the electricity, water and gas consumption levels, as well as output from solar panels, for each ACT public school. There’s daily and historic data and you can download from the site to Excel to do your own analysis. All perfect material to start looking at Canberra’s ecological footprint through the lens of the school community.



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Action Plan 2 – The ACT Government’s strategy for the Territory to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets and become a sustainable and carbon neutral community.



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The ACT Government Environment and Planning Directorate Actsmart website offers information about climate change and its impacts; practical tips for taking action as an individual, in the home, school or broader community; and information about ACT Government action to make Canberra a more sustainable city (under headings including water, planning, transport and energy). See the Actsmart School presentation from the Parliament of Youth teacher information sessions held in February 2016.

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Transition Streets is a program aimed at encouraging neighbours to come together and support each other in becoming more energy and water efficient, more vibrant and more connected. The Transition Streets Canberra workbook provides information on the ecological footprint; a paper-based ecological footprint calculator; facts about the impact of our lifestyles on the topics of water, energy, food, transport, waste and consumption; possible actions to reduce our footprint for each of these topics; and action plan worksheets. The workbook could be adapted for school and student use. Also visit the Transition Streets Canberra website.











The Imagining a Sustainable Canberra manual presents an overview of the challenge of sustainability and the need for transformative change in Australian society. The five discussion modules are designed for use by teachers, parents and senior students in small groups.












































A presentation on Canberra’s Ecological Footprint by the ACT’s Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability Dr Kate Auty.


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With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government