This report presents findings of a survey of 120 people across Australia who are connected to schools, and examines their beliefs, attitudes and experiences relating to the impact of the built environment on health and learning outcomes in schools. It also examines the uptake of sustainability and carbon emissions reduction programs in schools, and attitudes and behaviours toward low carbon living in the household.
Key implications and conclusions include:
The need for targets and a systematic approach for measuring and improving performance of this sector. The Education sector would benefit from having more stringent design and building codes for schools, as well as performance benchmarks, baselines and targets set to measure and improve performance within this sector over the coming years. This will be critical in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris agreement.
Targeted, cost-effective programs to help schools reduce carbon and costs.
Innovation needed to improve the design, fit-out and operational performance of demountable buildings.
Greater dialogue with stakeholders who utilise these spaces.
Explore opportunities to create intergenerational change through students taking knowledge home.
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
Pilots are powerful for two reasons: 1. They are a great way to bring together groups of people to demonstrate how effective collective action can be in helping to change the status quo. More voices, more influence. Pilots, backed by evidence and research, can highlight and expose the challenges and blockages, particularly in government, far more effectively than any individual can (despite many individuals trying!). They also provide perfect opportunities for identifying solutions. And, 2. pilots provide the numbers and the evidence that decision-makers need, in order to believe and make change.Read more
In response to feedback, high-income households can reduce their energy use to a larger degree than low-income households (17% vs 3% reduction). This and other insights were gained by two rapid reviews into research, both Australian and International, on digital services and...Read more
In January 2016, a two-year Low Carbon School Pilot Program (LCSPP) was developed and launched in Perth, Western Australia. A total of 15 schools participated in the pilot - 10 primary schools and five high schools from around seven different local government areas.
The aim of the LCSPP was to enable, empower and facilitate schools to reduce their school’s greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs while educating and upskilling the next generation to be more efficient with resources.
This literature review is a project document produced for the CRC Low Carbon Living project “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". The purpose of this project is twofold. First, it will develop an integrative understanding of how psychological factors interact with contextual factors present at multiple levels of analysis to reinforce cultures of high or low carbon behaviour.
This document is the final report for a CRC Low Carbon Living project called “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". As outlined in the introduction, the purpose of this project was to identify low carbon behaviours and then both (a) develop a short measure that could be used to measure psychological readiness in people for engaging in low carbon behaviour and (b) provide a social psychological foundation for understanding when and why people will engage in low carbon behaviour.