Project summaries - 2010 Environmental Education - community grants

2010 Environmental Education - community grants
Organisation Project title Amount $
Australian Seabird Rescue Inc. Marine incident response training for wildlife

8,620

Baptist Community Services NSW and ACT Green cleaning practices for community care workers

39,500

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd Mining and the Law: a guide for the community

63,440

Gwymac Inc. Empowering rural women through environmental education

5,942

Molonglo Catchment Group Inc. Sustainable horse property management for small farms

23,409

Murray Darling Association Implementing a teacher NRM handbook through professional development

49,500

Nature Conservation Council of NSW Inc. The Food Waste Challenge 

71,990

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN) Eco smart early years - quality standards model for sustainability

80,020

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc. Community biodiversity program at Pambula wetlands

7,325

Total Environment Centre Inc. Lessons and tools from existing office building leaders

46,620

10 projects

TOTAL

$396,366

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc.
Marine incident response training for wildlife
Grant: $8,620

Recent oil spill incidents have highlighted the vulnerability of marine fauna. This project addresses the lack of marine incident response training for licensed volunteer wildlife agencies by facilitating an informed incident response network along the coastline of NSW. The project aims to establish an appropriately trained oiled fauna rescue network that will enhance the capacity of licensed wildlife welfare organisations to support and assist under the State Disaster Plan incident control system. A series of five workshops to be held at key locations will provide training on agreed oiled fauna handling protocols for search, collection and release, as well as an understanding of management agency incident control plans, hazardous material management, occupational health and safety and emergency equipment supplies.

Baptist Community Services NSW and ACT
Green cleaning practices for community care workers
Grant: $39,500

The project will provide training and clarity in cleaning processes eliminating hazardous cleaning materials and reducing the number of products used. The initial stage of the project will be to develop an auditing tool that will capture the products currently in use. These products will be assessed for suitability, using a criteria based on fit for purpose, sustainability and environmental affect. A training package will then be developed to assist with the selection of appropriate products, procedures for cleaning with a best practice approach and tools for communicating to clients the reasons for changing products and methods.

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd
Mining and the Law: a guide for the community
Grant: $63,440

The project will develop a booklet and complementary workshops designed to educate the community about the regulation of mining in NSW and how the community can engage with regulators and mining companies to achieve more sustainable environmental outcomes.

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Gwymac Inc.
Empowering rural women through environmental education
Grant: $5,942

We will establish a rural women's 'Ag-n-Chat' group which would engage women in the rural communities of Gwydir, Guyra and Inverell Shires. The group will meet every two months and provide an informal and socially inclusive opportunity for rural women to increase their capacity and empower them to take a more active role in Natural Resource Management leadership.

Each meeting will explore a locally relevant natural resource management issue, including soil health, water quality, alternate farming and Landcare. Topics would be based on regional priority targets and driven organically by the group. This is a successful model which has been implemented in central west NSW and over the course of the two year project we will engage 216 women in natural resource management extension.

Molonglo Catchment Group Inc.
Sustainable horse property management for small farms
Grant: $23,409

The project aims to train horse owners on small properties in appropriate land management to retain groundcover and understand implications for biodiversity by understanding how horse health is closely related to this. It will introduce many horse owners (and would-be horse-owners) who have no knowledge of land management to sustainable land management practices.

Murray Darling Association
Implementing a teacher NRM handbook through professional development
Grant: $49,500

The project will see the implementation of a completed natural resource management teacher handbook through professional development activities and field trips in the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lower Murray Darling catchments. The activities will reflect the partnership approach used when developing the handbook and will engage/involve teachers, Catchment Management Authority staff, Landcare groups, environmental education centres, industry, community groups and local government. During the second year, and drawing on the activities and handbook, the web-based handbook will be updated through further workshops and field trips and developed to be relevant to all schools within the NSW section of the Murray-Darling Basin. A number of schools will trial the material in field work, excursions and student action-orientated learning on locally relevant catchment issues.

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Nature Conservation Council of NSW Inc.
The Food Waste Challenge
Grant: $71,990

The Food Waste Challenge is a behavioural change program which educates people on how to reduce the amount of edible food wasted every day. Partnering with 'Love Food Hate Waste', the Challenge educates people through a series of practical workshops on the important topics of buying food, cooking food and storing food. The Challenge ultimately helps people reduce the amount of food they waste, saving households money, whilst also helping the environment.

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN)
Eco smart early years - quality standards model for sustainability
Grant: $80,020

This project will build on the work of Eco Centres for Early Childhood rolled out in 2009-10 by ECEEN which created early childhood sustainability hubs in NSW (Eco Centres for Early Childhood). This is a new dimension to ECEEN's work and aims to develop, trial and launch a sustainable certification tool for the early learning sector. A certification system that will be embedded within the National Quality Standards for Early Years developed in collaboration and building upon research and current practises. The project will draw upon the expertises of peak early years professionals, including providers, educators and associations for example Australian Association for Environmental Education Special Interest Group Early Childhood, Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative Schools, Early Childhood Australia.

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc.
Community biodiversity program at Pambula wetlands
Grant: $7,325

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc. will undertake surveys in collaboration with the local high school and community volunteers at Panboola at Pambula wetlands. Baseline surveys will involve participation of both groups and establish transects for future monitoring in both restored and degraded areas of the wetland. Data will be recorded using the Community Biodiversity Survey Manual. Training will be delivered in fauna survey technique and wetland biodiversity by an expert ecologist. A long term survey program will be established which will monitor changes in biodiversity over time and provide a point of increased interest and participation as well as improved decision making for the community and management committees at Panboola.

Total Environment Centre Inc.
Lessons and tools from existing office building leaders
Grant: $46,620

The 'Lessons from Leaders' project will highlight experiences and lessons from leaders in the property industry in retrofitting their existing office buildings into more sustainable buildings. These lessons will be used to encourage and skill sustainability in the lower rating property sector in Sydney through development of tools and the organisation of information events; and taking advantage of new state and Commonwealth financial incentives.

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