“We can do better”: the journey towards reinventing strong waste management as a cultural norm in our outdoor education programs.

Mr David Gemmell1, Miss Carly West1
1Brighton Grammar School, Brighton, Australia


Responding to the issue around low environmental awareness and education within our school, Brighton Grammar has integrated a simple waste management system across all our Outdoor Education Programs from Prep to Year 12. It hasn’t been without it’s challenges, but through trial and error we’ve been able to find solutions and connect to locally minded organisations to help us manage program waste. The ultimate goal is that good waste management becomes the norm among our students in the field, on campus and in their homes.

Our workshop will arm you with knowledge, solutions, and strategies to increase your ability to adopt a waste management system within your own contexts. Learn from our successes and our failures and join the combined brains trust of the group in innovating environmental and sustainable practice within outdoor education.

Carly West is currently a Program Coordinator at Brighton Grammar School in Victoria; originally trained in early childhood education, she then studied outdoor education with a BA in OE from Latrobe University. She has been working as an outdoor educator, locally and abroad, for over 12 years and carries her passion for sustainable practices and all things relating to the environment into her professional practice.

David Gemmell is currently the Head of Outdoor Education at Brighton Grammar School in Victoria. He has worked in the outdoor industry around the world, within K-12 and tertiary education plus not-for-profit and commercial sectors since 2001. Passionate about all water based activities it is both a joy and a terror waiting to see how his students respond to paddling adventures. One of his biggest challenges is convincing his toddlers that the woods ‘won’t eat them’!

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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