In 2016 AAEE NSW received funding from the NSW Environmental Trust for the project Equipping regional sustainability education networks for creating change.
Stage 1 of this project (Oct 2016 - Feb 2017) involved a Leadership for Sustainability Skills Development Program for the current and emerging leaders of the regional sustainability education networks (RSENs) across NSW. One hundred environmental educators applied to participate in this program and the successful 44 began the program by attending a two-day workshop in Sydney. This workshop covered topics such as Collaborative Leadership, Strategic Planning and Evaluation and running fun and effective networks (see workshop program). In the months following the workshop, participants attended three webinars to extend their workshop learning, on Making your own Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Plan (MERI), Leading for Collaboration and Group facilitation and engagement.
Stage 2 of this project (Mar 2017- Mar 2018) involves these participants working within their Regional Sustainability Networks to:
- help develop a strategic plan for their network outlining their vision, objectives, guiding principles, membership and administration etc
- develop a small collaborative sustainability education & engagement project with network members using $1,500 of seed funding from the NSW Environmental Trust
- develop a case study of the project that was undertaken by their network.