Student Environmental Leadership Network | Brisbane City Council

Student Environmental Leadership Network

The Brisbane City Council Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Leadership Network (SELN) proudly works with students and schools to empower young leaders to create change in their school community. 

About SELN

SELN is a unique learning and leadership program that directly engages and supports school communities to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable. The project-based, active learning model directly supports students to acquire deeper knowledge and skills by working on real-world challenges for an extended period. Each SELN school selects and implements an environmental project to improve their school's sustainability, including communication tactics and project documentation (e.g. surveys, audits, photos).

Nominated SELN student representatives are required to attend Brisbane City Council facilitated formal meetings once per term, with an additional orientation meeting in Term 1. At meetings, students gain knowledge, confidence and leadership skills to equip them to develop and lead the behaviour change project and achieve sustainable project outcomes in their schools. Students share their learnings with their school environmental group.

The Lord Mayor, councillors and professionals in the environmental field attend scheduled SELN meetings to support students to lead environmental discussions and work together to develop projects.

SELN 2019 program

Nominations for the 2019 SELN program are now closed. Successful schools for the 2019 program will be announced shortly and will be contacted directly.

For any information or enquiries about greening your school, email the Green Heart Schools team.

2019 program meeting dates

Meeting Date
Orientation 27 February 2019
Meeting 1 13 March 2019
Meeting 2 22 May 2019
Meeting 3 21 August 2019
Meeting 4 6 November 2019

2018 SELN program

Congratulations to the 2018 SELN schools and their students representatives from the following schools:

  • All Hallows' School
  • Ambrose Treacy College
  • Anglican Church Grammar School
  • Aspley State High School
  • Brigidine College
  • Brisbane Girls Grammar School
  • Clayfield College
  • Hillbrook Anglican School
  • Iona College
  • Loreto College Coorparoo
  • Lourdes Hill College
  • Mansfield State High School
  • Mount Alvernia College
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran College
  • Queensland Academy Creative Industries
  • St Aiden’s Anglican Girls School
  • St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace
  • St Peter’s Lutheran College
  • St Rita’s College
  • Stuartholme School
  • Wavell State High School.

This year as part of the SELN program, schools have implemented projects to help make their school and our city cleaner, greener and more sustainable. The following were included in their projects. 

School environment groups:

  • established and reinvigorated their school environment group, including chairing regular meetings and discussing projects to implement at school
  • hosting activation days and events at their school to educate, inspire and encourage others to think sustainably.


  • reduced school energy bills and energy consumption by implementing behaviour change.

Waste minimisation:

  • implemented new school recycling projects and removed unnecessary items from their school such as plastic straws
  • introduced new worm farms and composting units
  • hosted nude food events and encouraged their peers to minimise their waste.

Gardens and planting:

  • established and enhanced vegetable, fruit and herb community gardens
  • planted native plants on their school grounds.

Active travel:

  • supported their school community to increase uptake of active travel to school including walking and cycling.


  • implemented tactics to reduce their school's water consumption.

More information

To find out more about the SELN program, email the Green Heart Schools team.

12 December 2018