Student Environmental Leadership Network

Green Heart Schools' Student Environmental Leadership Network (SELN) is an environment-specific leadership program for year 10 Brisbane students. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and lead behaviour change projects in their school and local community. In 2017 participants have achieved all sorts of fantastic goals to make Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Some of these achievements include installation of raised vegetable gardens, creek clean ups, tree planting events, helping out at Council’s Green Heart Fairs, reducing plastic water bottles, promoting litter-free lunches, conducting waste audits and starting school environment clubs. This free program can help build confidence and leadership in students and achieve sustainable outcomes in schools.

The Lord Mayor, Brisbane Councillors and environmental experts attend scheduled SELN meetings to support students to lead environmental discussions and work together to develop projects. Participants will be required to attend out of school meetings on approximately six occasions throughout the school year, commencing in early-March and concluding in early November. The calendar of meetings will be finalised in early 2017.

Keep up to date with what's happening in the SELN program on Brisbane City Council's Young Brisbane's Facebook page.

Nominations to join the program

Want to know more or register your school’s place for the 2018 Student Environmental Leadership Network? Email Green Heart Schools today.

The 2016 SELN program

The 2016 SELN program was hugely successful and students delivered creative projects such as:

  • a recycled plane flying competition to raise awareness about waste management in schools and find new ways to repurpose materials that would otherwise end up in landfill
  • implementation of sustainable vegetable gardens at various schools including native bees for pollination, worm farms for compost and use of produce at the school tuckshop
  • switching single use plastic bottles in school tuckshops to reusable bottles
  • implementation of recycling bins in school grounds and paper waste bins in classrooms
  • collection of soft plastic shopping bags to cut and weave into plastic sleeping mats which are being donated to the homeless
  • implementation of Nude Food Days once a week in schools where only lunches without packaging can be brought in
  • savings of up to $720 a month by diverting paper waste to recycling instead of general waste.

Video - Lourdes Hill College, SELN participating school

Video a video below about SELN school, Lourdes Hill College. Alternatively, view the video on Council's You Tube channel. Read the transcript for this video.

Photos and feedback from SELN participants

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

Previous SELN programs

SELN 2015

The 2015 SELN program comprised of 54 year 10 student representatives who implemented:

  • 12 waste minimisation and recycling projects
  • 2 school gardens projects
  • 2 composting projects
  • 1 active travel project
  • 3 environment clubs initiated
  • 2 energy efficiency projects
  • 6 projects to increase natural habitat for natural wildlife.

More information

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

22 August 2017