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The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust    

EERST was established in the year 2000. The Trust is a community based, not-for-profit organisation and a member of the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in New Zealand.

EERST aims to work with preschools, schools, businesses and communities to create a more sustainable future.

EERST believes that through education and action, communities can become more environmentally aware and live a more sustainable life.

EERST has worked with numerous councils, businesses and communities throughout the years including managing the highly successful Paper4trees programme.

Paper4trees is a school based environmental education programme, which has been operating since 2001 and is in thousands of schools and preschools throughout New Zealand.

EERST is currently looking into two other school-based programmes, Water4schools and Energy4schools.

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

  • 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)