The world needs leaders and change makers who have the commitment, courage and skill to drive positive change. The Foundation supported the work of The Centre for Sustainability Leadership between 2008 and 2015, to empower emerging sustainability leaders to realise their goals for a better future by providing them with tools, networks, knowledge and support.
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) works with emerging sustainability leaders from across all sectors and industries through our annual Fellowship Programs in Sydney and Melbourne, and globally through its online platform Leadership Rewired.
Each year CSL offers places to 25 ambitious sustainability change makers in each of the Sydney and Melbourne Fellowship Programs. This is a unique, award-winning training opportunity where selected individuals develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to be effective in forging a more sustainable future.
The George Alexander Foundation provided funding for students who have applied for scholarships. Between 2008–2015 the Foundation provided $210,000 in total in support of this program.
"Doing the CSL program through the generous support of The George Alexander Foundation is making my dreams come true... I'm organising a delegation of amazing Indigenous young people to go to Mexico for the UN Climate Change Summit."
The seven-month program offers practical, immersive and challenging thinking, activities and projects designed to grow each Fellow’s capacity to influence positive change in their areas of passion.
The fellows participate in weekly evening workshops, retreats, sustainability projects and networking opportunities. They get access to Australia’s best business, political, social and environmental leaders as speakers and mentors (including Don Henry, Executive Director, ACF; Greg Bourne, CEO, WWF Australia; Julian Burnside, QC; and Peter Ellyard, Director, Preferred Futures), enjoy ongoing peer-to-peer learning and community building through events, online platforms and forums, and real world sustainability projects provide them with direct leadership experience.
The fellowship program curriculum is drawn from globally recognised leadership programs and thinking, combined with direct insights and experiences from over 100 sustainability leaders from around the planet. It’s also underpinned by leadership competencies that have been identified as fundamental skills for successfully addressing the challenges faced by leaders aiming to create a sustainable future.
Learn more about The Centre for Sustainability Leadership here.