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Australian Waste Wise schools program: its past, present, and future
Journal of Environmental Education
  • Amy N Cutter-Mackenzie, Monash University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
The Waste Wise Schools program has a longstanding history in Australia. It is an action-based program that encourages schools to move toward zero waste through their curriculum and operating practices. This article provides a review of the program, finding that it has had notable success in reducing schools' waste through a "reduce, reuse, and recycle" (or "three Rs") approach. Since the program's conception, an evaluation process has continually occurred alongside the actual program. This report presents the most recent program evaluation results: a 2007 statewide survey that was administered to 1,015 primary (elementary) and secondary teachers. The article outlines the past, present, and future directions of the Waste Wise Schools program and, in doing so, discusses the broader implications for school-based environmental education programs. In particular and of most significance, the findings reveal a growing sustainability culture in Australian schools and communities.
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Citation Information

Cutter-Mackenzie, AN 2010, 'Australian Waste Wise schools program: its past, present, and future', Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 165-78.

Publisher's version of article available at:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958960903347471