About the project

The Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project (ECSLP) is a partnership project between the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).  The project aims to assist organisations to engage culturally and linguistically diverse communities in local environmental activities and education.

A team of bilingual educators deliver environmental workshops, fieldtrips and art projects in community languages including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese

 “(All of us can) live in a more sustainable way, save money and save the environment, however, accessing this information is not always easy if your English is not good.” 
– Elsa Cheung Wong So-Yin, Chinese bilingual environmental educator.

The shared language and culture between the educators and the community increases participation so that all Australians can address environmental  issues such as waste generation, energy and water consumption.

The bilingual educators can assist your organisation to:

  • Plan culturally specific projects

  • Develop culturally appropriate translated materials

  • Run sessions in community languages

  • Access specific communities

  • Design an evaluation plan using culturally appropriate methods