Julie Johnston

Associate faculty

Interdisciplinary Studies

Julie Johnston is a lifelong educator whose work focuses on “greening” the heart of education. At Royal Roads, Johnston teaches on practical applications of sustainable development, using a team-based learning approach.



Johnston is a retired teacher who has taught at the K-12 and adult levels and has trained student teachers. She currently works with educators around the world as a sustainability coach and consultant with GreenHeart Education, which gives teachers resources to “green” their classrooms, curriculum and school community.



Master of Adult Education in Environmental Adult Education and Sustainable Development Learning

St. Francis Xavier University

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Adult Education

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Education in Outdoor and Experiential Education

Queen's University

Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature

Glendon College, York University

Diploma in Community Journalism

Sheridan College


Johnston, J. (2018). Climate Change Literacy to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts. In Climate Action: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Özuyar, P.G., Wall, T. (Eds.). Springer.

Johnston, J. (2015). Love in the Time of Climate Change. Alternatives Journal, Out of the Box III, 41(5).

Johnston, J. (Winter/Spring 2015). Eating Animals: A Social Justice Issue? BC Teachers Federation Social Justice Newsletter.

Serebrin, S. and Johnston, J. (March 2014). School Gardens: Food for 21st Century Learning (p. 21). BCTF Social Justice Newsletter.

Johnston, J. and Serebrin, S. (March 2014). School Gardens Give Students the Learning They Need to Create Their Best Possible Future (p. 19). BC Teachers Federation Social Justice Newsletter.

Johnston, J. (Fall 2011). Integrated Curriculum Programs in British Columbia. In Pathways 24(1), Journal of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.

Johnston, J. (2009). Transformative Environmental Education: Stepping Outside the Curriculum Box. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Volume 14.

Johnston, J. (2006). Case Study: Integrating Sustainable Development Learning. In Ask Me! About My Action Research, A Collection of Action Research Projects Focusing on Boys' Education, The Toronto Boys' Schools Coalition Action Research Group.

Johnston, J. (2006). Educating for Sustainable Development by Teaching About Sustainable Development: A Community Learning Together. In Leal Filho, Walter (ed.) Innovation, Education and Communication for Sustainable Development (Series: Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit - Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability, Vol. 24). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Hill, L. H., & Johnston, J. D. (2003). Adult education and humanity's relationship with nature reflected in language, metaphor, and spirituality. In D. E. Clover & L. H. Hill (Eds.), Environmental adult education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. [Responsible for sections on language and metaphor.]