The annual Youth Sustainability Summit is held for students in the Ipswich area and focuses on sustainability starting at home and at school. Featuring special guests such as celebrity landscape artist and environmentalist Costa Georgiadis and hands-on workshops, students are empowered to understand, discuss and develop sustainability projects, innovations or ideas identified as important in their community. Students will walk away from the summit feeling empowered to make a difference and return to their homes and schools with solid sustainable ideas for the future.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Sustainability Summit for 2020 will be held online in August. More details will be sent to schools closer to the date. If your school would like to present on their existing sustainability actions, or if you have any questions regarding the summit, please contact us at

Schools can access Plastic Free Boy's film "Plastic Alarm" and associated learning resources to assist with sustainability learning during Term 2.  After the film screening and activities, a limited number of students will be invited to participate in the online summit to discuss their learnings and sustainability projects.  Please email for more information or request access to the film screening for students.

Educational Resources

Council provides a number of 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.

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 2019 Program

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 2018 Program (PDF, 875.7 KB)

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)

Youth Sustainability Summit Program 2017 (PDF, 1.6 MB)