GoMAD (Make A difference)

GoMAD is an environmental program for high school students in Sydney who are interested in the environment and promoting sustainable management practices in their schools and communities. The GoMAD Challenge is managed by Sydney Environmental Education Centres.  GoMad organisers plan events like student summits and provide educational and funding (through OEH) support for individual school enviro projects. At GoMad events, students can learn more about sustainability and share stories of what they are doing in their schools and communities to help improve the environment. Events are advertised directly to teachers, teacher networks and through School Biz and through direct mail out.

GoMad in Sydney 2017 will include:

  • GoMAD Youth Summit, (in partnership with Australia Youth Climate Change AYCC). The summit will be held on the 23rd and 24th March 2017 at the Rex centre Potts Point.
  • Term 1 to 3, GoMAD School Projects begin with support from your local Environmental  and Zoo Education Centres (EZEC). Schools undertaking the Challenge will be eligible for funding support from the Office of Environment and Heritage to complete their environmental / suitability projects. Students are asked to video and document their projects’ progress.
  • Youth Eco Summit – 25th & 26th July, schools may present their project to others, network with other schools in the challenge and celebrate their success
  • Celebratory event – Term 4

Download the 2017 GoMa  Sustainability Summit Flyer for registration details.

 

1. School Environment Club Manual

Did you know Sustainable Schools NSW has a manual and website that helps support High School environment groups?

The website provides resources like:

a. Tip sheets on:

  • How to run student-led environment team meetings
  • How to fundraise and apply for grants
  • How to choose your projects
  • How to gain support from the school executive
  • How to promote your ideas to the school community
  • How to make your club engaging and fun
  • How to make measurable objectives and evaluate your success

b. Project ideas

c. Case studies of successful environmental clubs

d. Templates

  • Project plan template
  • Stakeholder map template
  • Meeting agenda template
2. Youth Decide

The decisions made by world leaders at the United Nations in Paris this December will have consequences that affect communities around the globe. All young people have the right to a safe future, this is your chance to have a say in what it looks like!

Energy Efficiency workshop resources
  1. a school energy investigation using the Sustainability Action process (SAP)
  2. SAP Energy Learning journal
  3. Appliance Audit spreadsheet
  4. Light Levels Audit spreadsheet
  5. Appliance Audit.numbers file for iPad
  6. Light Levels Audit.numbers file for iPad
  7. Beyond Earth Hour
Past YEN Event:

2015 Youth Eco Summit (YES) 21-22 October
Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

Find out more

The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is an award-winning global education event that is hosted annually in Sydney, Australia.YES is a unique, curriculum-based sustainability event for school students and their teachers. The program promotes student leadership and showcases sustainability achievements and practices in both primary and secondary schools.

2015 Youth Enviro Forum, 5th June – World Environment day
Taronga Zoo

The Youth Enviro Forum is an environmental education event for Sydney high school environment groups and their coordinating teachers. The forum offers inspiring speakers, and ideas and resources for environmental groups to begin working towards an environmental project. The event is coordinated by DEC Environmental and Zoo Education Centers in Sydney under the brand ‘Go Mad – Make a difference’. It is envisaged that each group will work towards an environmental project with help from external partners, and present their projects at the Youth Eco Summit in October. At the event, various EEC’s and other organisations will present workshops on strengthening and supporting school Youth Environment Networks and ideas for school based projects.

2014 Youth Eco Summit (YES) 22-23 October
Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park

The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is an award-winning global education event that is hosted annually in Sydney, Australia.YES is a unique, curriculum-based sustainability event for school students and their teachers. The program promotes student leadership and showcases sustainability achievements and practices in both primary and secondary schools.

Find out more

2014 YES Photo Gallery

YOUTH ENVIRO WORKSHOP 2014 – Strengthening your school environment group

This workshop was held at Observatory Hill EEC on Wednesday 17th September. The Workshop keynote was presented by Tim Silverwood from Take 3, an organisation dedicated to promoting clean waterways. Tim is the 2014 winner of the Green Globe NSW Environmental Educator of the Year. Various EEC’s presented workshops on strengthening and supporting school Youth Environment Networks. The day concluded with a one hour ferry ride on Sydney Harbour. Thank to all participants for making the day a great success.

Youth Enviro Forum Taronga Zoo 30 May 2014

Enviro Forum 2013

Youth Forum

Student Resources to support student led environmental projects

Please click below to access a range of resources to support sustainability planning in your school.

  1. The heat is on – A toolkit to promote energy efficiency in schools.
  2. Energy Efficiency Plan template
  3. Energy Efficiency Tips
  4. Connected approaches to teaching climate change – Stage 4
  5. Planning for an environmental project
  6. Quickstart guide to action planning
  7. WebGraphs Quick Start Guide
  8. SRC Brochure – Lets Improve, make the move – An SRC brochure on how to start school environmental projects.
  9. Get up and Go – a Student leadership for sustainability Presentation from the YEN 2012 conference.

Film Clips

  • It’s Your Choice – A film clip by students encouraging other students to make sustainable choices.
  • A film clip about why we need A Sustainable World
  • Lost Generation – A film clip showing positive attitudes towards the future
  • Sustainability – a film clip explaining sustainability through animation
  • Film clips from past winners of the NSW SRC Enviro Inspiro competition showcasing their successful student-led environmental projects.

Funding

The Propeller Fund supports projects that are youth-led, have a social or environmental focus, demonstrate local impact and have community networks.

Create your project page then submit an application! You need to be aged 12 – 25 to apply.

Green Screens is an archive of past video conferences for students in Sydney Region who are interested in the environment and making their school more sustainable.