Schools Outreach

Think Food – Rethink Waste

Every year, Australian households throw away over 4 million tonnes of food, equivalent to 178 kg per person.  Food waste impacts greatly on the environment in a number of different ways and the increasing levels of food waste currently being generated are not sustainable.

EnviroCom, on behalf of Logan City Council, have developed an education program entitled Think Food – Rethink Waste.  This program is one element of Logan City Council’s popular Watch Out Waste education program.  Think Food – Rethink Waste is designed to change people’s attitude towards food waste by educating students, teachers and the community about the social, economic and environmental impacts of food waste and the simple steps every individual can take to reduce this impact.

The program targets schools and community groups through an interactive, facilitator-led workshop and accompanying PowerPoint presentation.  EnviroCom have also produced a series of complementary resources: a Think Food -Rethink Waste Teachers’ Resource booklet and a Think Food – Rethink Waste factsheet.

The Think Food – Rethink Waste factsheet is available for download from Logan City Council’s website.

Southern Downs Regional Council School Outreach Program 2012

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Southern Downs Regional Council
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EnviroCom was responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of Southern Downs Regional Council’s School Outreach Program 2012.  The School Outreach is a targeted Waste Education Program focused on engaging and educating school students and teachers and promoting more sustainable practices throughout the region’s schools. This year the program was conducted over one week from the 4th– 8th June, in order to coincide with World Environment Day.

EnviroCom was responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of the program, from the development and implementation of education resources and promotional materials through to managing bookings and liaising with school administration bodies.  The face-to-face element of the program involved the delivery of in-class presentations, on a variety of waste related themes, undertaken by EnviroCom educators.

Wipe Out Waste Program

EnviroCom coordinated the Gold Coast City Council Wipe Out Waste (WOW) Program since its inception in May 2000 until October 2011. EnviroCom was responsible for program development and delivery to the school sector and facilitation of community events, including waste minimisation skills workshops. The program, delivered using purpose built mobile education facilities, has consistently engaged more than 30,000 students each year since 2003.

Other aspects of the program include:

  • Redevelopment of lessons to incorporate the changing nature of waste management on the Gold Coast (i.e. extraction of methane from landfills; 2020 Vision on Waste strategy)
  • Initiation of the Wipe Out Waste Challenge, engaging schools in practical waste minimisation initiatives
  • Initiation of an annual poster competition and calendar
  • Design and development of the Wipe Out Waste story book series
  • Design and fit out of mobile education facilities

The Wipe Out Waste Program was a finalist in the Banksia Environmental Awards for Leadership in Environmental Communications in 2003.

Waste Education and Development of an Education Strategy

A targeted waste education strategy and communication plan, designed to maximise resident participation in new kerbside waste services was developed on behalf of the Burdekin Shire Council.  Initiatives associated with the strategy included, development and distribution of information kits to all residents; targeted classroom presentations and associated school resources; coordination of competitions; development and implementation of newspaper and radio advertising; design and production of public place displays for events, customer service centres and libraries and the development of web support resources. On the ground activities included outreach programs delivered by EnviroCom educators in schools and at community events.

Education Facility Design (mobile & static)

EnviroCom understands that educational facilities, designed to engage users in sustainability issues and encourage behaviour change, must be visually stimulating, highly interactive and incorporate flexibility to enable meaningful participation by a range of user groups. EnviroCom is experienced in designing and project managing the construction of educational facilities targeting a range of environmental issues; these include:

Gold Coast City Council Wipe Out Waste Vans 1 & 2
Gold Coast Water/Allconnex Watersaver Trailer
Toowoomba City Waste Education Wagon
Toowoomba Materials Recovery Facility Education Centre
Visy Recycling Education Centre (Brisbane)
Ergon QUT Smart Train
Mont Dore (New Caledonia) waste education facility design advisory consultant
Sunshine Coast Regional Council ‘Maroochy Waste Alert Centre’

 

Watersaver Programs

From 2002 to 2011, EnviroCom provided community education services  under the Watersaver banner for Gold Coast Water/Allconnex Water. Services  included: event coordination, presentation and outreach services (school, community and industry groups); promotional material coordination; event outreach services; resource development (school programs); industry training; business follow up services (in response to applications); and multi-media resource development (list not exhaustive). In a number of these services, specialist skills were integrated into program delivery (for example specialist knowledge from the agricultural sector for incorporation in nursery industry training).

‘Watch Out Waste’ Education Program

Since 1998,  EnviroCom has provided community education services (Waste Education) to the community of Logan City Council. Services include the coordination of all waste education initiaives, including a number delivered directly by EnviroCom staff and others that manage third parties for the provision of specialised skills. The programs have consisted of a range of outreach (presentation) services to school and community groups, customer complaint responses, research services, promotional materials, web based resources, community events coordination, community event attendance and facility tours (list not exhaustive).

Waste 2 Resource Program

EnviroCom coordinates the delivery of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council”s Waste Alert program. This program uses a diverse mix of education methods and initiatives to target identified sectors of the community to address specific program objectives. Strategies used in this program include: school engagement programs; teacher resource development; facility tours and events; media alerts, press releases and advertising; response to user enquiries/complaints; promotional activities; design and construction of community education centres, development of displays and resources; community competitions and associated engagement strategies; as well as coordination and support for direct community action.