QESSI is not another program or product in a market place that is saturated with resources that focus on environmental education for a sustainable future for schools. What QESSI is aiming to do is build the capacity of existing service providers to achieve their goals.
QESSI is the integration of existing environmental education for sustainability programs for schools into a holistic process with measurable environmental, economic, social and educational outcomes. A QESSI Strategic Action Plan will form the direction for QESSI for 2005-07.
QESSI is a demonstration of the strategic outcomes that are outlined in the United Nations - Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-14 Draft International Implementation Scheme. QESSI supports the nationally agreed common elements for Sustainable Schools, through the implementation of efficiencies in a school's management of resources such as energy, waste, water and biodiversity through school grounds improvements and integrates this approach into the existing curriculum and daily running of the school.
The current key partners in the QESSI include Education Queensland (as the lead agency), Federal Department of Environment and Heritage (seed funding), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, Keep Australia Beautiful - Queensland, Envirocom (Environmental Education company) and Queensland Transport and other organisation and agencies. The patron for QESSI is Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe.
Sustainability outcomes in the educational, social, economic and environmental areas will be collated and form part of a State of the Environment report of the progress of QESSI, so the coordinated approach to achieving environmentally sustainable schools across Queensland can be celebrated by all the partners in this process. A QESSI Overview new window 425k is available here.