02 August 2012
Bundoora goes green with ENVY
RMIT University’s Bundoora campus recently hosted the inaugural conference of the recently formed Environmental Network of Victorian Youth (ENVY).
In partnership with the School of Education’s Northern Partnerships Unit (NPU), the “Renewable Energy Conference” was based on the United Nations Environmental Programme theme.
“The conference created an educational and inspiring day for Victorian students to further their understanding of the different types of energy and their impacts on the natural world.” Darcie Jordan, ENVY CEO and Year 12 student at Mill Park Secondary College, said.
ENVY has members from 12 schools across Victoria and represents students aged 15 to 26.
More than 140 students attended the conference. The event was opened by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability for Victoria, Dr Kate Auty, and the Head of the RMIT School of Education, Professor Annette Gough.
Guest speakers included Australian environmentalist John Seed OAM and comedian Rod Quantock.
“This youth-run conference was a great success and the Northern Partnerships Unit was thrilled to help facilitate this event,” Dr Leone Wheeler, Program Director of the NPU, said.
“Several of the ENVY members running the event are Mill Park Secondary College students who have recently participated in the ARC School-Community Learning Partnerships for Sustainability Project managed by the NPU.
“It was therefore particularly exciting for NPU staff to witness the growth and leadership of the students in their running of the event.”
Sponsors for the event included the Whittlesea Youth Commitment and Whittlesea City Council.
Keynote speakers John Seed OAM and Rod Quantock, along with the co-CEOs of ENVY (Mel Arsov and Darcie Jordan), Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability for Victoria, and Head of the School of Education, Professor Annette Gough.