Are you ready to make a difference? Do you have an idea or project just waiting for a little nudge forward?

We want to help you to turn your ideas into reality with this free environmental leadership course.

The course will consist of a mix of masterclass content, action-based learning activities, innovation and design thinking workshops, webinars, learning pods and a library of articles and videos.


Course starts 28 August and will run weekly for 10 weeks on Wednesdays between 6:30 pm and 8:30pm.


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How to apply:

Complete the application form. Get in fast to secure your place. Applications close 23 August.

The program:

Three highly skilled and experienced facilitators / environmental leaders will deliver the program and incorporate a wide range of guest speakers that match the content of the workshops.

Stage 1: Welcome & Orientation

Stage 2: Leadership & Change-making

Stage 3: Goal Setting & Mentorship

Stage 4: Systems Thinking & the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Stage 5: Design Thinking & Team Formation

Stage 6: Design Challenge & Discovery

Stage 7: Ideation & Business Modelling

Stage 8: Prototyping & Communication

Stage 9: Pitch Night

Stage 10: Gratitude and Right of Passage

After the course, you will be supported with regular check-in sessions to May 2020. You will also receive a certificate of completion at the graduation ceremony in June 2020.

All skill levels are invited to apply. You don’t need to have a project idea to take part.

Who will deliver the course:

Dr Kim Gordon, Matthew Gordon and Kim Shore from Our Say are experienced environmental facilitators with hundreds of community engagements and projects behind them.

Dr Kim Gordon

Dr Kim Gordon

Matthew Gordon

Matthew Gordon

For further information please email

I made a dozen new friends, and learnt from some of the best communicators in the climate community, would recommend the program 100% - Mark

Enviro champs was a unique opportunity to be educated , inspired and to build connections. This has enabled me to feel empowered to create change and work on sustainable projects within my local community. Thankyou - Natasha

If you have an idea to make a difference in this world, this program will help you bring it to light. Jump in and give it a go - Tahlia


A program that supports you to become a leader and deliver your own sustainability project. The program offers training and mentoring needed to improve environmental sustainability, like reducing greenhouse gas emissions or helping others adapt to climate change. The program will select 10 community members or groups each year.



There is a lot of capacity within the community for individuals and groups to drive behaviour change. This program will not only support the delivery of tangible projects but also help develop environmental leadership and help unlock the potential within the community.

read about the last ‘enviro champ’ course

In June 2019 a group of individuals within our community, now and forever known as enviro champs graduated.

The program supported the participants to deliver a number of exciting sustainability projects that will benefit our community. It also connected a group of individuals that came together and inspired, supported and challenged one another.

Some of the projects included;

  • 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 stations for childcare centres

  • A Jewish Climate Change Group

  • A gleaning enterprise to redistribute unwanted farm produce.

It’s an incredible achievement given that the majority of participants had no experience in delivering sustainability projects previously. I suspect we will be hearing more from this group of individuals and their desire to take action to create change will continue to reap rewards.


Kim Gordon has a PhD in environmental humanities from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Sustainable Heritage Development and Management from the ANU. Kim has worked as a knowledge broker, project manager and partnerships manager for civil society organisations, universities, research institutes, government and the private sector. Kim is also undertaking research at the University of Melbourne exploring socio-cultural aspects of biodiversity conservation and integrated land use planning combining Indigenous and Western knowledge systems.