Tuesday, 25 November 2014 01:00

Advancing Sustainability Leaders program well underway

Advancing Sustainability Leaders training workshop Advancing Sustainability Leaders training workshop

The Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program is well underway, with a number of training days having taken place in recent months.

Twenty of Sydney’s most promising sustainability champions have been selected for the program which aims to develop effective sustainability leaders and support their delivery of leading practice water projects in the region.

Delivered by the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) and Pax Leaders Labs, the ASL program will continue until March 2015 and includes: tailored leadership training, private coaching, mentoring, networking opportunities and assistance implementing local sustainability projects.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Local government is already undertaking a wide range of water related initiatives, however there is a need for more leading practice sustainability programs.

“Programs that use a whole-of-council approach to sustainability have proven to be most effective,” he said.

The ASL program is free of charge for participants thanks to funding from the NSW Government's Environmental Trust and Metropolitan Water Directorate.

“Similar programs can cost around $8000 per participant, so this is a great opportunity for councils in one of Australia's fastest growning regions to lead the way in delivering effective water management projects which are critical for building sustainable communities across NSW,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

Program participant Priyani Jayaweera of Parramatta City Council said “I have had a wonderful experience with the ASL program so far and found it to be very informative. The coaching staff, organisers and mentors have been very friendly and helpful.”

“The two day retreat was also a great opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing, as well as being fun and enjoyable. I am very thankful to the selectors for giving me this great opportunity,” she said.

The Advancing Sustainability Leaders 2014 program is a partnership between WSROC and the Metropolitan Water Directorate.

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