Leadership Workshop and Sustainability Expo

Are your students interested in environmental leadership projects? Could they benefit from being a student mentor? The Leadership Workshop and Sustainability Expo is a two day leadership event for high school students to learn how to become environmental leaders and mentors.

Students attending the Workshop and Sustainability Expo will:

  • Learn leadership skills;
  • Attend inspirational workshops on key aspects of environmental sustainability and;
  • Develop a sustainability themed workshop presentation for primary school students to attend during the Sustainability Expo.

The Leadership Workshop and Sustainability Expo is run by specialist DoE staff from Environmental and Zoo Education Centres, as well as community sustainability leaders.

The leadership program has three main components:

  1.  An introductory environmental Leadership Workshop for high school students on Monday 6th August 
  2. A follow up Sustainability Expo involving local primary school students on Thursday 23rd August
  3. A 5 hour NESA Registered Teacher Professional Learning Course entitled Supporting Student Sustainability Leadership to be run in conjunction with the Sustainability Expo.

Venue for both days: Marrickville Youth Resource Centre

Address: 23 Yabsley Ave Marrickville

Time: 9.15am – 2.30pm

Contact Details:

Observatory Hill EEC

  • Ph: 9247-7321 Fax: 9247-4787
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Web: observatoryhilleec.nsw.edu.au


Download the Leadership Workshop flyer for registration details.

Risk Assessment:

Download the Sustainability Expo Risk Assessment.

Further Resources for School Environmental Clubs.

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
Energy Efficiency 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

2018 Youth Eco Summit (YES) Sydney Olympic Park

21st and 22nd November (Primary Schools) and 14th September (High Schools)

The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is an award-winning 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 about he 2018 YES event

2017 YES Photo Gallery

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.


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.