GREEN STEPS @ UNI PROGRAM
Are you currently studying at University?
Do you want to make a difference in the world when it comes to living and working more sustainably?
Green Steps @ Uni is a co-curricular program that teaches university students how 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 sustainable changes in the organisations they will one day work for. Across four and half days of group-based training sessions, we’ll teach you the practical skills needed to plan and deliver effective sustainable workplace solutions. You’ll then have the opportunity to put your skills to the test on a live sustainability project based at your university.
Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Green Steps @ Uni certificate and become part of a network of over 1200 other Alumni. Green Steps @ Uni 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.
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 - even if that means giving up your holiday time and weekends to do so
- 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?
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 gain knowledge 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.
Four and half days in total across several weeks.
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.
Find out if your university is one of our current host unis here.
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.