Ninety high school students and teachers will gather on Jali country for the third Students Using Sustainable Strategies (SUSS) Forum from the 26th to 28th May.

The event, which will draw 15 high schools from across the Northern Rivers, focuses on building environmental leadership and management in schools.

With key involvement from five high school students on the organising committee, including the YEC (Youth Environment Council), this year’s Forum is set to be the best yet. 

There will be more workshops on leadership, finding funds and networking and an increase in student-facilitated workshops.

The forum will be a great mix of cultural, environmental, artistic and social activities to keep everyone inspired, including a full workshop program for teachers to tune their skills in environmental and sustainability issues.

The day program is scheduled for Linnaeus Estate at Broken Head, with evening activities taking place at Camp Drewe, Lennox Head. 

Event organiser Tash Morton said: “An exciting change to the program this year is the presentation by Andrew Turbill, a leading climate change facilitator with the Department of Environment and Climate Change and Water, and the addresses by young people from the Bellingen Eye Youth Leadership Program, Oz Green and our own regional Youth Environment Society, YES.”

The evenings will also be jam-packed with activities, an Environmental RAP with the Dhinawan Dreaming brothers, a Sustainability Short Film Festival and the SUSS Living Library, where students get to meet and talk to a range of environmental professionals about their lives.
The SUSS event is a partnership project between the North East Waste Forum (on behalf of member councils Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shire), Linnaeus Estate, DECCW National Parks and Wildlife Division, Rous Water, Southern Cross University, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre and Environmental Encounters.

Additional sponsors for this year’s event include Northern Rivers Group Environmental Educators, Northern Inland Regional Waste, Lismore Shire Council, EnviTE, Kyogle Tidy Towns and Tim Fitzroy Consulting.