September 22-27, 2013, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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How to set up and deliver effective environmental training programs

Notice! The summer school/course fee does not cover the SDEWES2013 Conference fee, or vise versa.
Payment deadline for this summerschool is September 20. Only registered Conference participants can apply.

Applications for this event are submitted through the conference submission system.

Cancellation policy:
If organizer cancels the course - participant will receive refund of the amount we received, on site in Dubrovnik
If participant cancels participation - refunds are possible only until July 1, 2013

Facilitator Clare Feeney, author of “How to Change the World – A Practical Guide to Successful Environmental Training Programs” (2013)
Date Thursday 26 September 2013
Time 9:00 to 17:00

All over the world, environmental experts are training people in business and other sectors to help them address a wide range of environmental issues. Others have yet to appreciate the very real difference that good training can make to environmental, social and economic outcomes: globally, the transition to a ‘green economy’ could yield 15-60 million jobs by 2032, according to the International Labour Organisation – a big contribution to sustainable development. In the US alone, one environmental regulation (the “toxics rule”, passed in December 2011) could prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths each year – and create over 100,000 jobs by 2015.

Yet few environmental experts are trained trainers. This workshop will help environmental experts set up great training programmes by tapping into expertise from the world of professional training.


Who should attend this workshop? Major groups who will benefit include:

  • environmental experts wanting to know how to set up, deliver and evaluate successful training
  • government bodies who see training as a solution to environmental issues
  • business rolling out environmental training to their staff or suppliers
  • professional trainers and human resources (learning and development) personnel working with environmental subject matter experts.


Topics and practical group activities will include:

  • the seven elements of effective environmental management programs
  • why there’s never been a better time to do environmental training
  • case studies, including erosion and sediment control, riparian enhancement, farming and manufacturing
  • considerations for government agencies, businesses, not-for-profits and first nations peoples delivering environmental training
  • how to create and deliver relevant, enjoyable and effective training
  • program pitfalls to avoid
  • how to measure your success
  • winning ongoing support for your program.

Investment The investment in this workshop is 150 Euro + VAT

As there are still free places organisers are offering 30% discount on course fee (NOW 100 EUR + VAT) to 10 participants on first come first served basis.


A Training Workbook will be provided for each participant.

Participants who so wish may also:

There is more information about the book at

About Clare

Clare Feeney is a professional speaker, author and trainer. An environmental expert, she has been a member of the New Zealand Association of Training and Development for 18 years. Companies, professional associations, not-for-profits and government bodies engage Clare to speak about and help them with environmental training. This workshop and the accompanying book are based on her experience with a very successful environmental training program of over 20 years duration, among other successful programs.


About the 1st edition of Clare’s book:
‘I love the layout, principles, and your conversational style. It is a gem and I'll spread the word.’ Mark Hostetler, Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, IFAS, University of Florida.
About Clare’s Keynote presentations:

  • the presentation was ‘edgy, informative and refreshingly un-PC’
  • ‘I was really impressed with your presentation… such huge potential for making a real difference to environmental outcomes.’ Jenny Baker, ECO (Environment & Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa)
  • 'I thoroughly enjoyed your session and learnt information that I hope to apply in my own workplace.' Dr Coral Pepper from Edith Cowan University in Australia.

Come and be inspired at the potential of environmental training to address widespread and difficult environmental issues, create entirely new professions, build the skills of professional and trades personnel as well as indigenous peoples, form dynamic partnerships amongst diverse stakeholders, and transform businesses, communities and ecosystems into vibrant and viable states of being!