Green Steps @ Monash
Are you currently studying at Monash University?
Do you want to gain industry skills that allow you to help make businesses more sustainable and future ready?
Green Steps @ Uni is an award winning program for university students that provides you with sustainability leadership skills through demonstrating your commitment to create change via an online platform (Take One Step), participating in intensive face-to-face skills training and gaining sustainability consultancy project experience.
Green Steps @ Uni was established in 2000 by a group of students at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The program, run in the UK, Malaysia and across Australia, has trained more than 1,200 people on how to create sustainable change in organisations, workplaces and society.
What is involved
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 (voluntary) training.
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
The program and training component is highly interactive and emphasises teamwork and student participation. Our 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. Participants will be exposed to 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.
How to apply
In 2017, Monash University students are asked to first be part of the Take One Step Challenge, an online platform where you are asked to make a personal commitment to live more sustainably. We want people who are committed to taking action on sustainability, so by taking part in Take One Step, you are showing us that you have the passion and drive to create change.
How the Green Steps @ Uni Program works:
Who can apply
To be eligible for the 2017 program, you must:
- Be a current student at Monash University in Australia and be in the final two years of your degree
- Have an interest in sustainability, the environment and creating a better world (no prior study in this field is necessary)
- Be able to attend ALL dates as listed in the schedule above
- Be passionate and committed to fully participating in this experience