Friday, 27 February 2015 11:10

Sustainability leaders program wraps up

ASL participants during final training day ASL participants during final training day

WSROC’s most promising sustainability champions are ready to put their skills to work after completing their final training day as part of the Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) program this month.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti congratulated participants on their great work over the past nine months “Sustainability is becoming increasingly important as our region grows. It is great to see these future leaders taking the time to equip themselves with knowledge and skills that will serve Western Sydney in years to come.”

Participants worked their way through four training modules, each covering essential skills and capabilities in sustainability leadership including: personal integrity and influence, learning and innovation, vision to action and creating change.

In addition to formal training modules, participants received one-on-one coaching, and capacity assessments through 360-degree peer reviews. All elements of the ASL program were designed to build the leadership capacity of managers and emerging leaders in water and sustainability.

The final session, held on February 5, included presentations from inspirational leaders, Mr Chris Davis, Chair of the Independent Water Advisory Panel, and Mr Gavin Hanlon, Deputy Director General Water of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Senior Environmental Education and Strategy Officer at Blacktown City Council, Donna Wallace said the ASL program helped her think outside the square when approaching new tasks.

“This program has been fantastic and really changed the way I approach my work. The facilitators were inspiring and challenged us to reflect on our own abilities and thoughts, whilst pushing us to think outside the square…this course introduced me to topics and content I had not been exposed to even after 10 years in the business,” she said.

The ASL graduation event will be held in late March, where the group will be presented with their 360-degree group results, hear from guest speakers and celebrate their participation in the program.

The ASL 2014/15 program was delivered as a result of a partnership between WSROC and the Metropolitan Water Directorate and received grant funding from the NSW Environmental Trust.

Training was delivered by experts in sustainability leadership from the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) a unit at Macquarie University. The ASL program delivers: tailored leadership training, private coaching, mentoring, networking opportunities and assistance implementing local sustainability projects.

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