OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

About Us

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We believe that when informed and connected, people have the skill and ingenuity to solve the biggest challenges the world faces for a safe and equitable future.

 


 

OzGREEN engages, equips and enables people to become leaders of positive social change. OzGREEN educates people around the world, enabling them to take action to improve their environment.

OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that was founded in 1992. Our unique approach incorporates citizen science, transformative sustainability education, participatory leadership and community development; all centred on enabling community driven sustainability solutions. OzGREEN is one of the leading citizen science organisations in Australia and has a long history of working in the Murray-Darling region, India and East Timor. 

Under the leadership of Sue Lennox, Co-Founder and former CEO, OzGREEN has worked with over 1,600 communities globally and trained 50,000 environmental leaders. Over past 2 years since Co-Founder Col Lennox died, the organisation has had major setbacks. In 2019, OzGREEN is delighted to introduce Anton Juodvalkis as CEO. Anton has been a member of the OzGREEN Board for over 2 years. Read More


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 It is now more than ever we need OzGREEN in the world. There is a very small window of opportunity to tackle big challenges like climate change and the Murray-Darling. Youth have a key role to play. It is great to have Anton bring new energy and commitment to help OzGREEN achieve even greater impact. There are enormous opportunities at this time.

- Sue Lennox, Co-Founder, OxGREEN


Our Vision

A society that is actively engaged in building ecologically sustainable, socially just and equitable ways of living. 

 


Our Mission

Our Mission is to build sustainable, resilient communities by enabling people to tackle the ecological and social challenges of our times and accelerate the transition to sustainability. 

 


Our Programs

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OzGREEN offers award winning, transformative learning and leadership programs that inspire people to tackle sustainability challenges and become leaders of positive social change. 

 

Youth Leading the World

Our flagship program, Youth Leading the World (YLTW) prepares young people to succeed in tackling the massive environmental challenges the world is facing. YLTW equips youth to strengthen their wellbeing, create resilient communities and nurture the environment, allowing them to drive positive social and environmental change in their communities.

MYRiver

Our MYRiveR program enables young people to become citizen scientists, test the health of the environment, identify key environmental threats and values, develop their own vision and implement their own action plans to sustain the health of their local waterways.

YOUth LEAD Development Program

 



"OzGREEN’s Youth Leading the World educational and leadership program is revolutionary in that it engages youth and applies the concept of exponential growth to solve the urgent environmental problems that confront us.  No-one else is doing this."

  - Anton Juodvalkis, CEO, OzGREEN


 

Our Impact

 

2,740 

Sustainability Facilitators and Leaders Trained

1,642 

Villages and communities directly engaged in sustainability programs

43,500

Sustainability leadership program participants and

43,500 

Sustainability Action Plans developed, achieving average 50% reduction in carbon footprint, including adoption of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption through lifestyle behaviour change

43,000

Hectares forest saved from clearing - from reduction of eco-footprint

863,000

Direct beneficiaries 

37,000

Trees planted in critical biodiversity habitats

1,000

Hectares of critical biodiversity habitat restored

21,200

People directly benefit from clean water installations

 


Our Awards

OzGREEN has achieved significant national and international recognition. This includes the Buckminster-Fuller Catalyst Program which recognised OzGREEN as being in the top ten percent of social innovators in the world, the Eureka Prize, which is Australia’s most comprehensive national science award, a Banksia Award for citizen science, a UN Media Peace Award and the UNESCO Wenhui Award and a Best Practice Case Study for the Australian Association for Environmental Education (NSW). In 2007 OzGREEN’s CEO and Co-Founder Sue Lennox was named as one of Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People by The Sydney Magazine.



 

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