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ACT – FREE Youth Sustainability Workshops

Youth Sustainability Workshop

FREE workshop for youth.   please forward info to your networks

Become part of a growing network of young people in the ACT committed to making positive and sustainable changes to their own lives, and their communities.  As an introduction to the network, free Youth in Sustainability workshops are being held for young Canberrans aged 15-25 years.  The next open workshop will be held over three consecutive Tuesday evenings during April 2008.

The workshop is designed to educate and inform young Canberrans on sustainability and to inspire them to reduce their individual and community consumption patterns.

Dates:8th, 15th and 22nd of April 2008

Workshop times: 6.30pm -9 pm

Workshop location: Meeting room 10 (second floor) in the Griffin Centre, Genge St Civic

 Contact the Project Officer, Rachael Millsom on or 6229 3211 to find out more or to register.


ACT otherWISE – Where we are at

ACT otherWISE – Youth Leadership for Sustainable Communities

What is the project?

ACT otherWISE is part of a growing national otherWISE network, made up of young people and their communities who are living and acting otherwise towards a more sustainable Australia.  The project aims to empower young people to become leaders within their communities, by identifying actions they can make to their lifestyles, and the lifestyles of their communities, more sustainable.  The project does this through a workshop, action support and network and by supporting youth in undertaking personal and community projects.  

Following the support and vision of numerous ACT community groups and organizations, and in partnership with the International Young Professionals Foundation and RMIT University, ACT otherWISE was able to run its first Youth Sustainability Workshop in Canberra, with the assistance of an ACT Government Environment Grant, toward the end of 2006. Since this time the project has grown and been involved in the education and support of over 100 youth in Canberra.   

Last year

2007 was an exciting year for ACT otherWISE as further investment was secured to continue the program including more sustainability workshops and activities.  The project now has over 100 young Canberrans in our network, and has worked to support a number of youth projects addressing sustainability.

In 2007 ACT otherWISE ran its second facilitator training and five youth workshops. These included workshops with a Venturer Scouts troup; two lots of Year 10 students at Orana High School; a mini workshop at the 2007 Youth InterACT conference; and a workshop open to all comers.

This Year

So far this year we have run a youth planning day, a waterwatch activity and another facilitator training session.  By June we will run 4 youth workshops, publish a booklet on what young people in the ACT are doing to live more sustainably, run an event for World Environment Day, host Greenscreen, a short film and music night, in Garema place and run an energy savings workshop.  I’m sure there will be many more exciting projects on the agenda for the second half of 2008.

Youth Projects

In between workshops, ACT otherWISE has supported youth from the workshops in their various projects, which included obtaining some funding through a Youth Change Makers grant provided by the Foundation for Young Australians. 

The projects include:

  • A Uranium documentary by youth, for youth, which has been shown at the Dendy cinema in Canberra and will be shown at a green, youth-run, event (Greenscreen) in early May. 
  • A sewing group which ran a sewing workshop for youth in August and has held three successful clothes swap events with more planned. 
  • Supporting 3 workshop participants and 10 other members of the network to attend a youth LEAD workshop run by OzGreen. Each of them returned from the workshop inspired and motivated to do more to create a sustainable and healthy Canberra.
  • Greenscreen – a green gig and film night to be run on 2 May 2008 in Garema place in conjunction with the conservation council,
  • Workplace greening – a small group of youth in the workplace are busy scheming the next youth project aimed at greening the places where they work!

Community and the ACT otherWISE network

ACT otherWISE continues to build networks in the community, as well as run other activities for young people and their communities in Canberra.  We welcome involvement from business and community groups, so if you have ideas or a group of young people you would like us to run a workshop for please get in touch.  Over the next couple of years we are also looking for financial support, for individual events, youth projects and other funds just to keep us moving along, please contact one of the project officers on the email provided below if you are interested in providing this kind of support.

 Getting in touch

 If you would like to get involved in ACT otherWISE we would love to hear from you!

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ACT other WISE – November Youth Sustainability Workshop

Become part of an existing and growing network of young people in the ACT committed to making positive changes to their individual and community consumption patterns by attending the next workshop in November. The workshops are designed to educate and inform young Australians on sustainability and inspire them to reduce their individual and community consumption patterns.

For more information check out the Facebook.

Workshop dates: 14th, 21st and 28th of November,

Workshop times: 6.30 – 9pm Workshop location: Meeting room 7 (first floor) in the Griffin Centre, Genge St Civic

Also: an optional site visit to local sustainable community projects will be held on a Saturday, either the 17th or 24th November (to be confirmed).

Workshop places are limited, and participants need to formally register at least a week before the workshops begin.

For registration information and general enquiries contact the project officer, Rachael Millsom, at or on (02) 6229 3211.

ACT otherWISE – Energy Workshop


An opportunity for members of the ACT otherWISE network.

This is the first of quarterly energy savings workshops to assist members of the ACT otherWISE network reduce their energy consumption in the home environment. Come along and leave equipped with more tools and knowledge, as you take individual and community actions towards a more sustainable ACT.

When: Thursday 8th November

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Where: The Conservation Council, 3 Childers Street (next to the Street Theatre)

Our lifestyles rely on energy. Whether it’s enjoying a cold drink, staying warm on a cold winter’s night, taking a hot shower, watching a movie…. So many of the activities we enjoy require energy. Recently we have come to realise that the way we generate this energy is really important. In Australia, most of our energy comes from burning fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases. These in turn are contributing the climate change, which is already having major impacts on the environment-both natural and human built.

So, what to do? The workshop will provide information on how people typically use energy in the domestic setting and explore possible responses that we can take to have a positive effect on the climate change crisis.

Facilitated by Peter Miller from the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT). HEAT is an ACT government funded service for all Canberra and area residents designed to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Come along and learn simple things you can do at home to use less energy and save money.

We have limited spaces so please RSVP by 1st of November to.

Rachael Millsom

Project Officer


(02) 6229 3211

ACT otherwise catch up – 7 Oct 07

Rachael here, the ACT otherWISE Project officer.

We are having a catch up!! I would love to meet as many of you who can come along as possible!….. friends and family welcome!

The proposal:

Visit Floriade: – Attend a environmentally friendly homes workshop, enjoy a shared sustainable lunch on the lawn and browse the exhibition.

Come via bike or public transport.

Meet: AT Floriade, inside the main entrance on Commonwealth Av, there is a grassy area just past some tents as you come in. I will be wearing a walkagainst warming T-shirt and hopefully Julia will be there also. My mobile is 0431 290 174.

Time 11.30am

Date: Sunday 7th October

Attend: ActewAGL Greenchoice: environmentally friendly

Homes workshop between 12pm and 1pm. (see info below)

Lunch: after the workshop – Bring along picnic food to share and your own plate to eat from.

Hangout on the lawn, meet new people and enjoy the flowers!!

Please let me know if you are coming by phone or email by the Friday before (5th October) so we know to wait for you. Also let me know if you will be coming to the workshop and / or lunch.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Rachael Millsom

Project Offcier


0431 290 174

Floriade: Aussie icons, myths & legends
Commonwealth Park, CanberraExperience the Australian story told through spectacular flower beds at Floriade 2007 – Aussie icons, myths & legends !See Commonwealth Park transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom.

There is something for everyone, from entertainment and live music, to food, wine and horticultural activities.

Explore our capital and celebrate the Aussie spirit this spring!

ActewAGL Greenchoice: environmentally friendly


Dates: Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th OctoberTime: 12pm – 1pmVenue: ActewAGL Look ‘n’ Learn MarqueeGet energised at ActewAGL’s Greenchoice interactive workshop!

Learn all about eco-living and how to make your home more energy and water efficient.

This interactive workshop will show you how to help save the environment.