WHAT IS IT
A program that supports community members to become leaders and deliver their own sustainability projects. The program will involve training and mentoring to provide the community with the tools they need to improve environmental sustainability. The program will select 10 community members or groups each year with projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or supporting community to adapt to climate change
WHY HAVE IT
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
Enviro Champs Are Ready, Set, Go!
The first Enviro Champs Program workshop took place on Tuesday 2 October at the St Kilda Lifesaving Club. Thirty-five enthusiastic and committed community members have registered for the program which involves weekly facilitated workshops and presentations from the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Beach Patrol, Westbury Street Green Roof, Climate For Change and Dumbo Feather.
Councillors have been invited to a highlight of the program which is the presentation of sustainability projects on 27 November 2018.
Community members are supported to deliver their own sustainability projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or support the wider community to adapt to climate change.
The Program has a target of delivering ten sustainability projects in 2018-19. The calibre and number of participants to date demonstrate that we are on track to exceed this target.
In June 2019 we held a Graduation Night to acknowledge and celebrate the passion and commitment of a group of individuals within our community, now and forever known as enviro champs.
When you launch a Program like this you don’t really know how it will turn out. Are there people out there who will give up their time and energy to take part? I’m delighted to say the answer was yes.
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.