Sustainability in the Workplace


About the Course

  1. Learn skills to be able to implement sustainability projects in your workplace
  2. Learn how to conduct environmental audits
  3. Understand how to effectively engage management and staff in sustainability
  4. Design and implement a live project in your workplace (see FAQ's here)
  5. Gain a recognised accreditation in Designing and Implementing Environmental Programs*

For more information, email or call Kate on (03) 9905 9756

"[The course] was practical at the same time as being big picture and inspiring "

Katherine Barraclough, Royal Melbourne Hospital (2015 Participant)

Many organisations realise the importance of having a Sustainability Policy, not only for the benefit of their shareholders but also for the wellbeing of their employees, customers and the bottom line. So why is it that so many organisations manage to put pen to paper but not actions to words when it comes to embedding sustainable practices in the workplace?

In this four-day program, Green Steps will break down the barriers that organisations face, from gathering environmental data and planning sustainability initiatives right through to how behaviour change, effective communication and engaging staff are all vital to create action amongst the very drivers of the organisation – its people.

This program will take you on a journey, learning the necessary skills and tools to gather environmental data in your workplace, understand the barriers organisations face and how to overcome them, and equip you with the confidence to create your own sustainability projects from design right through to successful implementation.

Aimed at anyone who has a role or an interest in embedding sustainable practices in the workplace, you will uncover why sustainability practices succeed or fail and will feel more confident that programs you implement will be an ongoing success.

Course content


  • Energy, waste and water auditing and carbon accounting skills
  • Present a convincing business case for sustainability
  • How to design effective sustainability programs
  • Design and deliver effective communication around sustainability initiatives
  • Influence the behaviour of staff to engage with initiatives
  • Set-up and support successful Green Teams
  • Design your own sustainability program to take back to the workplace

Workplace project - In the 6 weeks following training

Mentoring from Green Steps trainers

  • Be coached by Green Steps facilitators over six weeks while you implement a new project back in your workplace.

Program schedule



Key Topics

Day 1

9am - 5pm

Drivers for Change

Environmental Auditing

Day 2

9am - 5pm

Presenting Environmental Data

Creating the Business Case

Day 3

9am - 5pm

Behaviour Change

Staff Engagement

Day 4

9am - 5pm

Creating an Action Plan

Personal Resilience

6 week work place project

Half Day follow up session

9am - 12 noon Project report-back



Course Fee

Corporate/Government/General Business


Not-for-profit / Self-funded


Prices inclusive of GST

* Opting in for VET accreditation will incur an additional charge of $250 +GST

What to expect

Green Steps is all about turning talk into action. Our course style is focused on the ‘how to’ of sustainability, providing interactive tasks and discussions that help participants embed learning and build confidence in applying their new skills to the workplace.

We keep our course numbers small. This ensures that each participant has the opportunity to absorb information, discuss concepts, share their experience and create action plans tailored to the needs of their workplace.

Our aim is to have each participant walk away with the skills and confidence to implement changes in their workplace that builds towards a more sustainable future.

What people say about Green Steps course

Click to read our reflective Case Study  on Liz Marsden, Collections Manager for the Soveriegn Hill Museums Association and 2014  course participant

If you are interested in learning not only about sustainability initiatives, but also about engaging and influencing people, this course will be of value to you and your organisation.
Nicola, Fuji Xerox Australia

Before I came here I was afraid it would be slides and being talked at… but I’m very happy to have been wrong. I really liked how the style and format worked for us.
Sian, Taronga Zoo – Sydney 2013

I learnt that you need to think about the different types of people you work with and engage them in sustainability by understanding what is important to them
Matilda, City of Melbourne – Melbourne 2012

I have gained the knowledge to save my company money almost immediately! The value of the program is in learning how to create ongoing and permanent change.
Melbourne 2013 participant

There are so many useful tools and skills and support avenues available that this course can help teach you.
Reece Haenga Sydney 2013


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