Green Steps

Extra curricular

Green Steps

Want to use your degree to change the world?

Expression of Interest form – 2023

Green Steps is an award-winning sustainability leadership program that offers innovative and practical sustainability training and consultancy projects for ambitious emerging leaders.

Run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute, this transformational sustainability leadership program equips Monash students with the skills, tools and knowledge needed to become effective leaders and sustainability change agents.

Our program has been recognised with several prestigious awards, including the Premier's Sustainability Award, the United Nations Association Education Award and the Banksia Environmental Award.

Over the past 22 years, the extracurricular program has transformed lives, launched careers and most importantly, created a network of leaders who are now working in organisations to make the world a more sustainable place to live.

Green Steps training style is unlike any university course. We encourage engagement, collaboration and above all, a fun approach to learning new skills. The training combines critical inquiry and pragmatic tools with insights from sustainability experts and entrepreneurial practice. It’s highly interactive and is focused on teamwork and group discussion. You’ll be learning from our highly experienced trainers, guest speakers and other participants from a range of study areas.

Green steps is a fantastic course. I gained a lot of great skills that I look forward to applying, not only in the sustainability context, but also in my life.”

– Tom, Bachelor of Engineering

The program will help you to

  • Gain an understanding of global sustainability challenges through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Develop new skills to transform attitudes and drive change for a more equitable, sustainable and resilient world.

  • Explore how sustainability is applied within organisations and develop your personal leadership capabilities.

  • Engage in interactive, group-based learning.

  • Apply your knowledge and develop solutions to real-world sustainability problems.

  • Be part of a select cohort of emerging sustainability leaders.

What's involved

Step 1: Online sustainability challenge

As part of the application process, you’ll take part in Take One Step, an online platform that challenges you to take an action towards sustainability. Once you've posted a step, we'll also ask you to submit an application form, with a short video of yourself.

Step 2: Training

Selected students will participate in five days of hands-on sustainability training (in person).

The five-day training is spread over two weeks and draws on teaching expertise and guest speakers from across Monash Sustainable Development Institute, including from Climateworks CentreBehaviourWorks Australia and the Oxfam-Monash Partnership. The training component also includes a visit to the site of Monash’s Net Zero Initiative.

Step 3: Sustainability consultancy project

Following the training, apply for a 25-hour team-based consultancy role undertaking a sustainability-related project at Monash University.

What you'll learn

In the program, we'll explore explore change from three perspectives: Global, organisational and individual.

  • Sustainability issues and responses – climate change and net zero emissions, poverty and social inequality, consumption and waste, and organisational responses to these issues.
  • Systems thinking and planning interventions – problem mapping, strategic prioritisation and action planning for sustainability in an organisation.
  • Behavioural change and designing interventions – understanding your role as a change agent and personal and organisational drivers, and behavioural change theory and program design.
  • Communication for change – effective communication to foster change within organisations, including constructing coherent arguments, presenting recommendations, stakeholder engagement and presentation skills.
  • Leadership for sustainability – developing interpersonal skills, collaborating across multi-disciplinary teams, building networks and envisioning bold futures

Participating in Green Steps has genuinely changed the courses of what I plan to pursue in the future."

– Joanna, double Bachelor of Arts + Science


Who should apply

Green Steps is open to all current Monash University students, however preference is given to students in their final years of study. Students who have a passion for the environment, social justice and sustainability, are committed to furthering their skills in sustainability and leadership or would like to gain hands-on experience by working on a real consultancy project are encouraged to apply.

Due to the introductory nature of Green Steps, the program is best suited to students who have little or no knowledge of sustainability. We select students with a diversity of skills and career aspirations because we know that for the world to be truly sustainable, we need leaders working in all types of organisations and industries.


To apply for Green Steps, you must be available to attend training on all days specified in the listed training dates. It is your responsibility to cancel, swap, or take leave from any lectures, tutorials, interviews, work, and extracurricular commitments during this time. Some preparation is also required between training blocks. Depending on your availability and interest, you may also apply for a sustainability consultancy role with Monash University's Office of Environment and Sustainability.


Repeatedly we hear from alumni that Green Steps is one of the most valuable things they did while they were at university. However it's worth keeping in mind that Green Steps is a challenging program. Firstly, training is intensive, with lots of small group activities and group discussions where you’ll be expected to stretch yourself and contribute as much as possible. Secondly, and most importantly, Green Steps is demanding of your outlook, requiring goodwill and openness to the content, trainers and fellow participants.

Program dates and times

Step 1: Take One Step Challenge

Location: Online

Open date:  Dates for 2023 to come
Closing date:  Dates for 2023 to come
Applicants notified: Dates for 2023 to come

Step 2: Training

Location: In person at Clayton campus

Training will be over 5 days.

Step 3: Sustainability consultancy project

Location: TBC

The project work will take place over August – September.

Program fee

The program is free. Monash Sustainable Development Institute provides 30 fully-funded places to students at Monash.