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Your Sustainable School Train the Trainer Workshop

24 May at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Are you a teacher or educator who is keen to help your school and your students embrace a culture dedicated to climate action? Does the idea of sustainable behaviour patterns for life appeal to you? Or maybe you’d like to be the person who transformed the way your kura/school or kōhanga/early childhood centre thought about and dealt with waste?

Whatever your motivation, our FREE 1-day Your Sustainable School Train the Trainer workshop is the workshop for you.

Not a teacher? We know that it takes a whole school community to establish and maintain a successful waste minimisation programme, so we also welcome admin staff, caretakers, gardeners and grounds staff at our workshops.

What you will take away from this workshop:

  • Understanding waste minimisation in the context of Climate Action and Aotearoa’s move towards a circular economy.

  • Using the Waste Hierarchy to engage students in discussions about decreasing landfill by Re-thinking, Refusing and Reducing specific waste streams.

  • Setting up effective recycling systems; minimising recycling contamination; and looking for opportunities to establish composting as a first step to reducing organic waste.

  • Designing, implementing and maintaining a resilient waste minimisation programme tailored to the specific requirements of your school community.

  • Accessing waste minimisation programmes and funding support offered by local councils and other funding providers.

How your school or centre benefits:

  • Better recycling systems and lower rates of contamination

  • New or improved methods to deal with food scraps

  • Empowered students and teachers driving a culture of climate action at school, at home, and in the community

  • Connections with local environmental organisations

Why this is important:

  • There’s no denying that students care about climate change and want climate action. Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures Report for 2020 (which included the views of 13 to 17-year-olds, for the first time) backs this, stating climate change, sustainability and waste remain the key concerns for New Zealanders.

  • People want government and business to be a part of the solution, and we believe that there is a great opportunity for schools to be a part of this movement too.

This workshop is 100% free thanks to funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

Please note that after taking part in this workshop, we will ask for updates on the progress of your school’s waste minimisation programme. Information provided to Sustainability Trust may subsequently be included in reports compiled for the Ministry for the Environment.


24 May
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sustainability Trust
0508 78 78 24
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