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Since completing Green Steps in 2015, Louis O'Connor has continued to pursue his interests around architecture and sustainability, with a guaranteed bright future ahead. In conjunction with finishing his Bachelor of Architectural Design and Civil Engineering at Monash University, Louis has attended UN-led talks in New York, completed work with various archiectural firms, and become a recipient of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Scholarship, which will see him jet off to Singapore later this year. Read on for further insight about his time at Green Steps, his motivation and where to next for Louis.

We all know that one way to make a change is to exercise our consumer muscle to buy into 'good' brands, but with so many out there, how do we know which one is good? Last month Green Steps facilitated a fun and interactive workshop on ethical shopping as part of Whitehorse City Council's Fair Trade Fortnight. With a focus on mindful shopping, we take a look at the role personal values play when choosing a brand or product, and what we can do to minimise our impact.

Our 2016 @ Uni program training wrapped up last month, equipping 29 students from Melbourne and Adelaide with the practical skills needed to plan and deliver effective sustainable workplace solutions. With this, we are offering organisations the opportunity to host a Green Steps intern for a 15 day period.

New start-up Sprout Coffee is placing conscientious coffee at the heart of tea room breaks and business meetings.For founders Ed Sladen and Steve Joy, sustainability is about mapping and minding their coffee’s journey from the ground to cup, and back again. The Melbourne-based company is the first of its kind to introduce a specialty coffee solution to workplaces that focuses entirely on end-to-end sustainability.


Explore how marketing and our core values affect our buying decisions and how each one of us can influence change when we shop. An excellent, hands-on workshop for those who want to know more about shopping mindfully and ethically, providing simple ways to make a difference in your everyday lives. This event is being organised by the City of Whitehorse as part of their annual Fair Trade Fortnight (6 - 22 May 2016) and run by Green Steps.

The digital cloud that holds our data may seem invisible but the electricity used to power it comes with a very real environmental footprint. As businesses and individuals amass more and more data, it’s important to ask: where is this data held? And how can we make our digital footprint environmentally sustainable?


We recently marked our 15th birthday with a night of celebration and posed the challenging question to attendees and speakers: Is sustainability dead? And if so, how we can bring it back to life? From social enterprise, to government, to industry – a variety of perspectives were shared and reflected upon. Here's what we learnt.

The World Health Organisation has described climate change as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”. With increasing attention paid to the links between healthcare and climate change, we spoke with Dr Katherine Barraclough, an alumni from our 2015 Sustainability in the Workplace course to share her experience of the course and insight into the challenges facing her sector in Australia.

Green Steps recently welcomed a new addition to the team - Liz Bacchetti joins us as Marketing Administrator supporting  all Green Steps communications including our student and professional programs.  We asked Liz to share some of thoughts and insights into working in the sector and her role. 


Most of us have an abiding fondness for museums through memories of school or family day-trips. As a formative building block for learning more about our past as we move into the present, museums hold a pivotal place in society. So how does the museum sector, a vehicle for preserving the past to educate and inform, sustain itself for the future? Elizabeth Marsden, a past participant in our Sustainability in the Workplace Course has driven change in this sector, specifically amongst small museums. We reflect how these changes were made possible and her journey along the way.


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