Cool Australia was conceived by Jason Kimberley, our Founder and CEO, 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 our natural world. Our education system was identified as the most important and effective medium for connecting with kids. Our teachers were recognised as the appropriate voice for Cool Australia.
In August 2008, Cool Australia was born.
Facts and Figures
➜ 6,676 participating schools (that’s 71% of all schools)
➜ 52,540 teacher members supporting our programs
➜ 1,020,000 students engaged our learning activities in 2016
➜ 140,000 classroom lessons downloaded in 2016
➜ 18,200 fans on Facebook
➜ more than 925 learning activities
➜ 18 major themes/topics
➜ 20,000 trees planted in Habitat 141, a forest regeneration project in Western Victoria
➜ more than 850,000 kids pledge and take action for Cool Australia’s Enviroweek (nationally since 2009)
2015 Finalist Melbourne Awards (Sustainability)
2014 Finalist Banksia Awards (Education)
2014 Finalist Banksia Awards (Leadership in Citizenship and Communities)
2014 Finalist Melbourne Awards (Sustainability)
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 (Sustainability)