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Cool Australia is thrilled to announce that our founder and CEO, Jason Kimberley, was recently named the Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year 2012 by the Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE).

This award is important to Cool Australia, as the VAEE offers professional support to, and promotes the development of, environmental education and sustainable behaviour change. The goal of Cool Australia is to offer education for a sustainable future, and this award is in recognition of that effort. 

‘Being named as educator of the year is teriffic recognition for the Cool Australia team. The best thing is that others now have a greater understanding of the work we do and how we can help all educators.’ – Jason Kimberley 

 Jason recently appeared on Radio National to discuss Cool Australia. Listen to the interview here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/cool-education/4618742 

 
Jason with Professor Kate Auty, award presenter and judges Renae Walton (City of Kingston), Brian Sharpley (Briar Consulting), Leonie Brown (Bentleigh West PS) and Andrew Vance (winner 2011, Melbourne Girls College) Jason Kimberley in the Toolbox Plenary on receipt of the award 

 

In 2008 Jason launched the Cool Australia website, now in strong demand from schools across the country and changing the way students learn about our environment. The website now attracts more teachers and students than ever: In 2012 more than 5,000 teachers regularly downloaded the free access* Cool Australia online modules that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and more than 135,000 students have been inspired by learning activities that are designed to be engaging, entertaining and presented in plain English. 

The Cool Australia website has recently been upgraded, and new features such as the Student Toolbox and the teacher-share option for Activities makes learning about our environment even more intuitive and simple.

 Cool Australia website Student Toolbox 

Jason’s aim is to have 500,000 students using the program by the end of 2014 and for every student to leave school with a clear understanding of what our environment is, what it provides for us and what we risk if it remains ‘business as usual’.