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Award-winning, Co-curricular Sustainability Leadership Program: Green Steps

Green Steps is an initiative of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, equipping current university students with the skills and knowledge to become sustainability leaders and change agents. Over the past 16 years, the co-curricular program has transformed lives, launched careers and most importantly, created a network of change agents now working in organisations to make the world a more sustainable place to live.

Are you interested in taking part in a challenging and rewarding sustainability leadership program?

About Green Steps

Green Steps @ Uni is an award-winning, co-curricular program that develops university students to become leaders as sustainability change agents in their careers and beyond.

The program was created in 2000 by a group of students who wanted to equip their peers with the skills to make sustainability related change in the organisations they will one day work for. Across four and half days of group-based training sessions, Green Steps teaches students the practical skills required to support sustainability focused change in organisations. Students will then have the opportunity to put their skills to the test on a live consultancy project based at their university.

Nationally recognised

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

Who should apply?

Green Steps @ Uni is open to all current Monash University students. Preference will be given to students in their final years of study.

The program is especially designed for those who:

·         Have a passion for the environment, social justice and sustainability regardless of whether they have any experience or are studying in this field

·         Are committed to furthering their skills in sustainability and leadership

·         Would like to gain hands on experience by working on real projects for their university

·         Want to be part of a growing global network of sustainability change agents

What is involved?

In 2017, the program will involve:

Online sustainability challenge: participants will first need to participate in Take One Step – an online platform challenges participants to commit to a step towards sustainability to be demonstrated.

Training - each chosen participant will take part in four and a half days of co-curricular training across two weeks.

Consultancy projects – participants will get the opportunity to apply for a role undertaking a sustainability related consultancy project at Monash University. Projects will have a staff liaison and students are required to work in teams.

What will you learn?

Green Steps combines critical inquiry and pragmatic tools and insights from sustainability experts and entrepreneurial practice. The program and training component is highly interactive and emphasises teamwork and student participation. The style is informal and engaging. You’ll be learning from our highly experienced trainers, guest speakers and other participants from a range of study areas.

We offer a range of expertise on climate change and carbon management, behaviour change, sustainability leadership, influencing and effective communication, harnessing technology and disruption and futures thinking. The 4.5 day training, spread over several weeks tackles:

·         Sustainability issues and responses - climate change, consumption and waste, poverty and social inequality, 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 management - 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.

Next dates

Take One Step Challenge: 21 July - 3 September 2017

Application deadline: Midnight, 3 September 2017

Successful applicants notified: 6 September 2017

Training (4.5 days): Workshop 1: Monday 25 September 2017 (mid semester break)
Workshop 2: Tuesday 26 September 2017 (mid semester break)
Workshop 3: Thursday 28 September 2017 (mid semester break)

Workshop 4: Friday 29 September 2017 (half day) (mid semester break)

Workshop 5: Saturday 7 October 2017

Consultancy Projects: Offered from October – January 2017


Free - applicants must first participate in Take One Step, an online platform inviting participants to make commit to a sustainability related action, before they go through a selection process to gain a place on the program.

The fine print

Find out about eligibility, what we expect from participants and more here.

How to apply

Sounds great and think you’re ready to apply for our current program at Monash,find out how here.