Cool Australia was launched by Jason Kimberley, our Founder and Managing Director, following an expedition to Antarctica in 2005. He returned invigorated and armed with a renewed appreciation of the impacts of human activity and the responsibility we all have to invest in our life support system – our natural world.
Jason identified the need to provide our current and future generations with relevant and engaging information about the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. Our education system was identified as the most important and effective medium for connecting real world education with kids.
In August 2008, Cool Australia opened for learning.
Facts and Figures
➜ 8,676 schools using Cool Australia resources (that’s 89% of all schools)
➜ 1,520,000 students engaged our learning activities in 2018
➜ 102,540 teacher members supporting our programs
➜ 330,020 classroom lessons downloaded and taught in 2018
➜ 1.6 million total lessons downloaded and taught on an ongoing basis
➜ 1,325 free to access learning activities
➜ 0.52 cents (cost per student)
2015 Finalist Melbourne Awards (Education)
2014 Finalist Banksia Awards (Education)
2014 Finalist Banksia Awards (Leadership in Citizenship and Communities)
2014 Finalist Melbourne Awards (Education)
2012 Educator of the Year – Victorian Association Environmental Educators
2011 Runner-up Educator of the Year – Victorian Association Environmental Educators
2012 Finalist in the Australian Banksia Awards (Education Award)
2009 Voted best online Educational Resource by News Limited
2009 Finalist in the Melbourne Awards (Education)