The 5th Annual Youth Sustainability Summit is for primary school students in the Ipswich area and focuses on helping to spark sustainability projects at home and school.

This year’s summit theme is Small Actions Lead to Big Things, with a particular focus on student leadership. Students will hear from other young people about a range of sustainability projects and how they can take practical steps to start a project.

Youth Sustainability Summit 2021

This year’s summit will be led by students themselves to share projects they have been working on. There will also be other local guests, presenters and hands-on workshops.

There will be an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ideas presented on the day and have time to begin to develop a sustainability project.

Details will be sent to schools via e-newsletter. Please get in touch with us at enviroed@ipswich.qld.gov.au to register or for more information regarding the summit.

Program Outline

Themes and presenters include:

  • Welcome to Country
  • Natural Leaders - Student leaders from local schools - Springfield Central and Goodna State Schools
  • Resourceful Partners - Darcy Witherspoon from Down2Earth and Brett Briggs from OIKOS
  • Waste Warrior - Jessica Lindsay from Mallow Sustainability
  • Habitat Defenders - Tamielle Brunt and Matt Cecil from Wildlife Preservation Society of QLD.
  • Wave Makers - Natura-Pacific documentaries
  • Action Planning and Reflection - Facilitated session to develop an action plan for your school
  • Additional stalls and hands on activities from Ipswich Nurseries, Natura Pacific Education, SEQ Water, Urban Utilities, Ipswich Waste Services and more.

Educational Resources

Council provides several learning resources for schools on waste, sustainability and the environment.  Topics include:

  • Composting and worm farms
  • School recycling
  • Waste education
  • Nude lunch days
  • Waterway health

Access the resources here.

Previous Youth Sustainability Summits

Youth Sustainability Summit 2020

To ensure a COVID safe experience, the 2020 program was delivered online with a range of options for schools to participate. Themes included the screening of Plastic Alarm, a livestream session with special guests Costa and Plastic Free Boy, a classroom bin challenge and a range of educational resources that can be accessed here.

Youth Sustainability Summit 2019

The 2019 Youth Sustainability Summit was held for Year 4 and 5 primary school students and pinpointed how we can live with zero waste. Special guest Plastic Free Boy spoke to the students about plastic waste being harmful to animals in the oceans and how they could be a part of the solution. Workshops also showed how an old t-shirt could become a handy re-usable bag, how to sort our recyclables correctly to reduce waste and a brainstorming session for students to examine sustainable projects they could implement at their school.

We congratulate those students and schools who have implemented some of the projects developed at the summit.

Youth Sustainability Summit 2018

In 2018, over 400 students participated in the Youth Sustainability Summit, focusing on how they can help change the world and live more sustainably at home and at school. Workshops covered creating fashion items from what you have at home, learning about erosion and how to manage it, the wildlife living in our local backyards and more.

Youth Sustainability Summit 2017

The inaugural Youth Sustainability Summit, run for students in the Ipswich area, was held from 12-13 October 2017. The summit was a key commitment of Council’s Sustainability Strategy. More than 200 students walked away from the summit feeling empowered to make a difference and returned home with ideas for the future. The summit focused on sustainability starting at home, with special guests and workshops. Students had the chance to understand, discuss and develop sustainability projects, innovations or ideas.

“The presenters were very passionate and energetic. The hands-on activities linked well with the Australian curriculum.The gift bags were extremely generous.Everyone had an enjoyable day.Thank you“ - St Peters Lutheran College (Springfield)