Environmental leaders

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

Update 16 February 2021:

All March 2021 courses are currently booked out - thank you to all the applicants. 

To go on the waitlist and find out about future courses, please email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au

We are currently accepting enrolments for our 2021 Environmental Leadership course which will begin the week of 15 March 2021. Courses are expected to be on a Tuesday or a Wednesday evening with the option of a daytime course if there is sufficient interest.

To enrol, download the application form and email it to enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au before midnight on Sunday 7 March 2021. 

If you have any questions, email enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

About the course 

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

The course structure:

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

Each course will be limited to 10 participants, with up to three courses delivered in the first half of 2021.

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 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 their environmental awakening. 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 held online so access to a computer and an internet connection are essential.

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: enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au 


Enrol in the Environmental Leaders course 2021

Complete the application form and send it to enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Past projects by Environmental Leaders

The Environmental Leaders in the 2019/2020 program had 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 details about these exciting projects by the recent leaders:

What did the Leaders say about the 2020 program?

I can certainly say that the Environmental program changed my life.”

Thank you for running this course, you've given me faith in my idea and faith in councils.

I just can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to “rub shoulders” with yourselves and other locals who are equally passionate about Sustainability and our environment. The learnings and the camaraderie far exceeded my expectations.”

'Enviro Champs' 2018/2019 projects: 

  • A podcast series focussing on the work of the River Keepers
  • A community beehive and education session
  • A suite of sustainable festivals celebrating the unique beauty and wildlife of The Bay
  • A community composting program for apartments
  • A children’s book highlighting the plight of the endangered Leadbetter Possum
  • Establishing a one stop recycling station for childcare centres
  • A Jewish Climate Change Group
  • A gleaning enterprise to redistribute unwanted farm produce.

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