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About Us

​EERST runs environmental programmes and waste assessments for schools, councils and businesses. You will see much about these programmes on this site, they are; the Paper4trees Programme, the Water4schools Programme and the Energy4schools Programme.

We also speak directly with community groups and work with local councils to give practical, simple solutions to their waste problems. Aside from pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars directly into the community, the trust cuts environmental, financial and social costs associated with waste.

Other things we do are:

  • Design and implement zero waste programmes

  • Provide cleaner production services

  • Conduct waste audits for schools, businesses and local government

  • Assist with carbon zero projects

  • Work to reduce climate change through tree planting

  • Manage behaviour change programmes

Our Trustees:
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Our Staff


Programme Manager

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Our Awards

EERST has been recognised for its contribution towards environmental education and has won numerous awards throughout the years, including:

  • 2014 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards – Sustainability Award

  • 2014 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards – Finalist Community Organisation

  • 2014 Green Ribbon – Finalist Communication and Education

  • 2013 SBN Awards Finalist – Community Impact Award

  • 2011 NZ Environmental Packaging Awards – Cadbury Community Education Programme

  • 2011 NZ Environmental Packaging Awards – Supreme Award

  • 2010 Green Ribbon – Community action for the environment (Ministry of the Environment)

  • 2007 Seriously Sustainable Award (Tauranga Environment Centre)

  • 2003 Runner up in Community Organisation of the Year (Zero Waste New Zealand Trust)

  • 2003 School Incineration Removal (Environment BOP)

  • 2002 Sustainable Management in Industry (Environment BOP)

  • 2001 Community Education (Environment BOP)

  • 2000 School Education (Environment BOP)

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COC21778 2014 Business Awards FINALIST Badges-Community Organisation Award
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