Environmental Leadership course

Enrol in this free environmental leadership course to gain the skills to lead an environmental project.

To be added to the waiting list for future courses, please contact us via enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Participant numbers are strictly limited to 30. Please note, all applications will be processed on a 'first in best dressed' basis, meaning that as soon as we have the required number of suitable applicants to begin a course, the application process will close. Priority will be given to applications from residents or employees of businesses within the City of Port Phillip, but applications are also encouraged from neighbouring municipalities.

About the course

This 10-week course supports you to develop and lead your own sustainability action project and will focus on individual growth in a team-based environment.

Environmental Leaders course

A week-by-week description of what students will learn in February 2022 course.

Congratulations to all of the graduates of the 2020/2021 Environmental Leaders course. Pictured below are just some of the participants who are now progressing their own sustainability project.

The course structure:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Understanding leadership
  • Creating a vision
  • Making change happen
  • Project management
  • Resource management
  • Action orientation
  • Communication and media
  • Pitch night
  • Going public

Brett Hedger, Sustainability Officer at the City of Port Phillip will facilitate the course with guest presenters adding specialist knowledge throughout.

The course is provided free of charge and one-on-one coaching will be offered throughout the year in addition to the course.

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Who can take part

This course is aimed at everyone who wants to become an environmental leader. There are no pre-requisites and no skills required.

The course will be challenging, consisting of 2.5 hours per week in class, around 2-4 hours per week of homework, and further team-based project work which will take place both during and after the completion of the course. Aspiring leaders will be supported throughout the training with easy and regular access to facilitation staff.

In terms of executing a project, don’t worry. You don't have to have a project idea to take part. And it does not matter if you are a seasoned environmental project manager or someone at the beginning of your environmental journey. Your ideas, enthusiasm and openness are what we require. We will be working in project teams and we will walk the path together, so you don’t need to know or be everything.

The project work must be undertaken within the City of Port Phillip. Priority will be given to applications from Port Phillip residents and employees of businesses within Port Phillip. Applicants outside of the City of Port Phillip will need some justification as to why they should take part in this training, together with a clear undertaking to participate in environmental project work within the City of Port Phillip.

The training will be a mixture of in person and online interactions and it is essential that you have access to a computer and an internet connection.

If you’re ready to learn more about yourself, meet other people and take action on climate change, then this is the course for you! Send us an email to tell us you're interested in finding out more at enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Past projects

The Environmental Leaders from the August 2021 course founded the following projects:

  • What’s for Dinner? – Sustainable Food Events
  • The Kind Designer – Architecture for small footprint living
  • ECO Table – Reusable Birthday Party Kits
  • Mother’s Earth – Reducing and Reusing plastic in baby products
  • Our Garden – Creating urban habitats
  • Recover Clips and Lids – Recycling bread tags and bottle tops
  • Co:Lab Studios – Small scale living and working
  • Waste No More – Recycling and Reusing App
  • Plant Bank – Rescue, repurpose and resell plants
  • Our Ocean Connection – increase ocean literacy
  • Make It Happen – repair café
  • Awesome Pawrents Academy – sustainable pet ownership and new puppy parent support
  • Melbourne Makers – online platform to connect residents with local businesses
  • The truth About Waste – end to end waste research project
  • Stark White to Lush Green – Apartment building transformation
  • St Kilda Bike Kitchen – repair and ride bikes
  • The Menstrual Cup – an alternative to tampons and pads
  • Mission Zero Community – small footprint community and housing
  • People Powered PECAN – local environmental action campaign
  • Our Diverse Neighbours – making connections with people and nature

The Environmental Leaders from the 2020/2021 course founded the following projects:

  • Earth Conscious Fashion Events – style without waste
  • Recycling and Upcycling Business
  • Apartment Eco Blitz
  • Sustainability of Self Eco-Resilience
  • Not for Profit Burnout Toolkit
  • Re-design Recycling
  • Elwood Kitchen Library
  • Charity Green
  • Environment and Social Cause Marketing
  • Anarchist Hydration Collective
  • Sustainable Apartment Living
  • Kerferd Rd Project
  • Plastic Gift Card Recycling
  • Monash Climate Action
  • 25:25:25 Residential Emission Reduction Program
  • Empower School Captains
  • Bulk Buying Community
  • Eco-electronics Design Guide
  • Green Currency St Kilda
  • Future Oceans
  • Sustainable Local Businesses
  • Sustainable Residents Group
  • Pollinator Observatory
  • South Melbourne Market Plastic Reduction
  • South Melbourne Market Refill and Recycle station
  • Local Responsible Cafes
  • Myth Busting Bio Cups
  • Rare Native Plant Society
  • Local Responsible Cafes
  • Emission Reduction Strategy in Workplace
  • Music, Art and Sustainability Festival
  • Treesponsibility
  • Kerferd Road Habitat Restoration
  • Community Sustainability Directory

The Environmental Leaders from the 2019/2020 course founded the following projects:

  • The first council-approved tiny house project in Victoria, if not Australia (featured in The Age)
  • Tram stop community garden
  • Green farm laboratory producing local organic food
  • Carbon neutral kindergarten
  • Trash Bags on Tour - offering tours and waste education for corporate, council and tourism sectors
  • Detox your home and boat day
  • Earth building in the city
  • Tool library
  • Sustainable apartment precinct
  • Annual street closure day
  • Environmental video log
  • Sustainable library and indigenous book collection
  • Children’s environmental activity book

Read more about exciting projects created by past leaders here:

Feedback from the August 2021 course

  • "The course went far and beyond my expectations in regard to the contents and delivery of the units and the guidance by our facilitator."
  • "It has enhanced my existing skills and taught me some new ones. I loved connecting with other like-minded people in my community. It is a great way to stay inspired and to think about new projects."
  • "This training has been truly transformational on many levels. It's taken me to a point where I feel empowered to take action on issues of environmental sustainability."
  • "I was unaware that many people in my local community also cared about sustainable living. I can now say that being pushed outside of my comfort zone has given me the confidence that I have the skills and resources to lead grassroots change in my local community. I am excited to experiment with ideas that make sustainable choices easy and accessible for everyone in the City of Port Philip."
  • "This has been a transformational experience."
  • "I would say that this is the most excellent and transformative short course I've ever undertaken."

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