Calling all local sustainability champions

Monday, 4 December 2017

Council is empowering residents to develop their own local sustainability projects through the free Sustainability Champions program.

The program offers participants 10 weeks of training, field trips, group activities, ongoing project support and more.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek says it is a great opportunity for people to gain the confidence and skills to advocate for change, as well as connect with others who are passionate about the environment and our community.

“Through our regular environmental events, school programs and workshops, we have seen that our community is brimming with ideas and enthusiasm to make Moonee Valley a greener, more sustainable place to live,” Cr Sipek said.

“Council is proud to offer capacity-building programs such as this one that can help residents turn their ideas into reality and have a long-lasting ripple effect out in the community.”

Over the course of the program, participants will learn about sustainability issues, leadership, communications, project delivery, advocacy and more.

As part of the program, they’ll be encouraged to develop a local project idea with the support of a program facilitator.

Portfolio holder for Planning and Environment Cr Nicole Marshall said there will also be a formal graduation ceremony.

“We want to give local people the skills and support networks they need to make their own sustainability projects happen and advocate for the change they want to see,” Cr Marshall said.

“So if you’re interested in climate change, community gardening, clean energy, green travel, waterway health, reducing plastics, upcycling or anything else sustainable, why not take this chance to further your skills and make new friends?”

The Sustainability Champions program will begin in April and expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday, 23 February.

Visit the Sustainability Champions page or call 9243 8888 for more information.

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Sarah Schwager, A/Coordinator Media and Issues
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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM