20 years of the

Environmental Educational for Sustainability Trust 

2000

EERST started in 2000 by Bruce Trask (MNZM) and Marty Hoffart.

An application to the Environmental Enhancement Fund saw the Paper4trees programme start in Bay of Plenty schools.

By November that year EERST had earned its first award from the regional council for promoting environmental awareness in schools.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 10.02.15 AM.pn

Nationwide Impact

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust is a non-profit organisation that runs environmental education programmes.

 

Our aim is to educate all sectors of the community on the importance of eliminating waste for the benefit of local communities and the global environment.

Paper4trees and Water4schools became the main programmes run by EERST.

2001

EERST was awarded First Place in the Education category by Environment Bay Of Plenty. 

By this time we had 36 schools involved that recycled 215 tonnes of paper. 

2001.png
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

36

215

2002

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 12.26.17 PM.pn

Environment Bay of Plenty awarded EERST a Highly Commended award for acting in an environmentally sensitive manner.  

 

This was for environmental education programmes in school, businesses, and the community.

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

45

860

512.5

2003

EERST received another award from Environment Bay of Plenty.

An Acknowledgement of Achievement was given, for a variety of environmental initiatives within schools and industries.

The trust was awarded Runner Up for Community Organisation of the Year by Zero Waste New Zealand Trust.

A school incinerator removal project was started in 2003 to prevent schools from burning waste.

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 9.44.26 AM.png
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

50

2,050

1,070

2004

A Tauranga school wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to show how fabric bags are a great alternative to plastic bags.

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 11.33.57 AM.pn
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

75

3,500

1,758

2005

Within five years of starting the Paper4trees programme a total of over 5,000 trees have been gifted to participating schools. Close to 3,000 tonnes of paper had been recycled and saved from landfill.

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

85

5,062

2,743

2006 

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

140

6,692

3,891

2007

EERST co-founder Bruce Trask (MNZM) was awarded the Seriously Sustainable Award for his awesome contribution to environmental education from Tauranga Environment Centre.

2007%20Seriously%20Sustainable%20-%20Bru

A major funding grant from the Ministry for the Environment enabled EERST to expand from Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, to Ruapehu, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Palmerston North, Tararua, Central Hawkes Bay and Horowhenua

A second grant from MFE backed the programme further, into 300 schools in Napier, Hastings, Wairoa, Gisborne, Whangarei, The Far North, Wellington and Kawerau.

A survey in our first newsletter resulted in a 92% positive response that the programme was a useful incentive to reduce the amount of waste in schools.

Screen Shot 2020-10-23 at 11.38.46 AM.pn

Is Paper4trees useful in your school?

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

477

8,533

4,854

2008

Paper4trees continued to spread throughout New Zealand and was now also in almost 1,000 schools. New areas included Northland, Taranaki, West Coast, Nelson and Tasman.

That year we also took part in the Carbon Zero Schools project for World Environment Day

wed_logo_full_eng.jpg
canadaflag-865x452.jpg
806cb257448b0897a452f527cfa6e5e3.jpeg
Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 10.17.55 AM.pn

Paper4trees went international in 2008 when our first school
in Canada became a member.

We also had some interest to establish the programme in Melbourne, Australia with an appointed a contact there to visit schools. 

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

979

12,409

7,221

2009

EERST expanded Paper4trees to the Coromandel,

Marlborough and

Otago Districts

EERST won a Silver Award from the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.

2009%20WBOP%20Working%20Together%20Silve
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

1,420

22,395

11,649

2010

2010 winner.png

This year we were honoured to receive a Green Ribbon Award for community action for the environment.

Pictured below are Marty Hoffart, Hon Dr Nick Smith and Bruce Trask (MNZM)

By 2010 Paper4trees had completed its expansion into every region of New Zealand with the addition of Wairarapa, Canterbury and Southland

82AV9655.jpg
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

2,106

41,825

16,971

2011

At the 23rd annual WasteMINZ conference EERST was awarded Most Sustainable Trade Exhibit.

Two more awards were gained from The Packaging Council of New Zealand (inc). The Supreme Award

and the Cadbury Award for Community Education Programmes.

2011%20Packaging%20Council%20NZ%20Suprem
Screen Shot 2012-01-27 at 10.19.31 AM.pn
Supreme award 2012-01-27 at 10.19.45 AM.
2011%20Packaging%20Council%20NZ%20Cadbur
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

3,335

64,699

24,024

2012

19286 WATER 4 SCHOOLS Byline Logo_CMYK.j

 We received funding to develop Water4schools.

The programme encourages conservation and awareness about water use by working with schools to harvest rainwater.

Screen Shot 2020-10-23 at 1.25.06 PM.png

EERST won the Most Sustainable Trade Exhibit at the WasteMINZ conference for the second year in a row.

2012%20WASTEMINZ%20Most%20Sustainable%20
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

3,893

94,132

29,548

2013

 Bruce Trask (MNZM) retired as Chairman of the trust and Marty Hoffart was appointed to the role.

That year we were a Sustainable Business Network Awards Finalist for the Community Impact Award.

We won the 2013 UnPackIt Awards through helping communities understand excess packaging waste.

2013%20NZ%20Packaging%20Awards%20Cash4Co

This year we introduced a new classroom recycling bin from Fonterra. Their design uses 100% recycled milk bottles and is made in New Zealand.

In December Mount Maunganui Primary was the first school to receive these new bins.

Mt Primary.jpg
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

3,973

116,039

34,971

2014

EERST was back in the Green Ribbon Award spotlight, placing as a finalist in the Communication and Education category.

COC21778 2014 Business Awards FINALIST B

EERST was nominated for two Westpac Awards - placing as a finalist in the Community Organisation Award and a winner of the Sustainability Award.

Screen Shot 2020-11-06 at 12.18.46 PM.pn
_WTP0751.jpg
COC21778 2014 Business Awards Winners Ba
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,028

134,699

41,780

2015 

In 2015 we started the Tauranga branch of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. 

 

This means that the we were now able to engage and promote community clean up events in our local community.

Schools received new recycling bins from us as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful's beverage container recovery scheme.

85e4b3_c71eccbb14464e90843bdb2ad60b6a70_
Screen Shot 2020-11-06 at 2.16.25 PM.png
Screen Shot 2020-11-06 at 2.16.12 PM.png

2016

We were recognised by Keep New Zealand Beautiful for participation in Arbor Week for planting thousands of trees. 

EERST continued to expand Water4schools programme. Over 4,000 schools are participating in the Paper4trees programme.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 10.08.02 AM.pn
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,071

158,918

48,926

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,140

183,220

55,143

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 10.01.19 AM.pn

2017 

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,223

204,976

61,310

The Paper4trees programme has now funded over 200,000 trees to participating schools! Over 61,000 tonnes of paper has been recycled and diverted from landfill.

2018 

P1010857 2.JPG

Paper4trees features on the cover of Tonic Magazine Issue 39.

Water4schools received funding from Bay Of Plenty Regional Council to provide five more schools
with water tanks.

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 2.20.52 PM.png

Promoting Paper4trees at the annual WasteMINZ conference. The stand won best expo site.

Pictured: Marty Hoffart, Kim Edwards and Hope Lawsen

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,188

225,401

67,666

2019

EERST combined forces with Zero Waste Education and were promoting this partnership at conferences.

20190925_160242.jpg
lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,198

270,993

74,582

2020 

Even with some delays this year due to COVID-19 Paper4trees was still able to deliver the yearly trees to schools.

lone house.png

Schools  Involved

Trees

Planted

Tonnes Recycled

LEAFPAPER1.png

4,179

270,993

in progress

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust  celebrates TWENTY YEARS of bringing environmental education to New Zealand schools.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.38.54 AM.png