Student Environmental Leadership Network | Brisbane City Council

Student Environmental Leadership Network

The 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

The following schools are part of the 2018 SELN program:

  • 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.

The schools are busy delivering their school projects to help make their school and our city cleaner, greener and more sustainable. Their projects include:

School environment groups:

  • establishing and reinvigorating 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.


  • investigating how to reduce their school’s energy bills and carbon footprint by sourcing energy from renewable sources
  • reducing energy use by implementing behaviour change tactics.

Waste minimisation:

  • increasing recycling and removing unnecessary items from their school such as plastic straws
  • introducing worm farms and composting
  • hosting nude food events and inspiring their peers to minimise their waste.

Gardens and planting:

  • establishing and maintaining vegetable, fruit and herb community gardens
  • planting native plants on their school grounds.

Active travel:

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


  • investigating how to reduce their school’s water use.

SELN 2017 success 

The 2017 SELN program was hugely successful and students delivered creative projects such as:

  • using the school's plastic waste to build a useful piece of play equipment for the local kindergarten
  • implementation of sustainable vegetable gardens at various schools. Some schools introduced native bee hives to assist plant pollination and others used produce in the school tuckshop
  • introduction of Nude Food Days to encourage students to limit waste produced by food packaging
  • creation of name engraved metal reusable drink bottles to reduce the volume of waste from single-use plastic bottles
  • placement of recycling bins in school grounds and paper waste bins in classrooms
  • installation of small waste bins at lunch tables to reduce litter
  • planning and hosting of events such as litter pick-ups (including audits), tree plantings and school carnival marquees and games to increase environmental awareness
  • creation of environmental clubs and implementation of waste reduction education campaigns, including school students speaking with local kindergarten children about waste.

Video, photos and feedback from SELN participants

View the video below about SELN 2016 participating school, Lourdes Hill College.

Alternatively, view the video on Council's You Tube channel.

Read the transcript for this video.

View photos of past participants displaying their feedback below. Alternatively, view the photos in the Student Environmental Leadership Network album in Council's Flickr account.

Student Environmental Leadership Network

More information

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

10 December 2018