Dr Edward Hall Environment Grant case studies

Mt Nelson Primary students building an bark shelter 2015

The Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants program, which has now been merged into the Urban Sustainability Grants program, has supported many projects in Hobart since 2011.

These include school and community food gardens, aboriginal cultural knowledge sharing, a film festival, the development of solar guides for cool climates, outdoor classrooms, citizen science and lots more.

View some examples below:

Sustainable Living Tasmania 2016: Carrotmob Hobart

Sustainable Living Tasmania Carrotmob Hobart campaign 2016

Carrotmob was a campaign aimed at educating and inspiring people in Hobart to reduce plastic takeaway packaging waste going to landfill. People were encouraged to visit shops that switched to compostable takeaway packaging and who were happy to accept BYO packaging. Webpages about waste in Tasmania, Facebook posts, media and newsletter articles, radio interviews and a shared google map were used to promote the campaign. Find out more about the Carrotmob Hobart campaign


Environmental Film Festival Australia 2015: Hobart screenings

Environmental Film Festival 2016 DEHEG

The Environmental Film Festival entertained Hobart with groundbreaking films looking at the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world, and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues. Screenings and discussion forums were held at the State Cinema. See more about the Environmental Film Festival.


Mount Nelson Primary 2015: We all stand on sacred ground

Through this project, an Aboriginal artist and representatives from the Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge program passed on their understanding of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural heritage with Mt Nelson Primary School students, teachers, parents and community members. Students built a shelter on the Patrula Trail and produced a short clip with a professional cinematographer. View the Mt Nelson Primary Patrula Trail short clip (City of Hobart YouTube channel).


Post Office 176 2015: Sustainable Arts weekend

Post Office 176 2015 DEHEG Workshops were run by artists using recycled materials to create art works with members of the public. The workshops promoted different ways to recycle and make low-cost art works, and provided engagement with children and others in the community. The most popular activities were recycling prints, mosaics, children’s monster making and jewellery making. View more information about Post Office 176 (Facebook).


Albuera Street Primary 2014: Waste Warriors

Back in 2014, Albuera used its Dr Edward Hall Environment Grant to buy recycling stations to help reduce waste and increase recycling and composting. A few years on and the school's Waste Warriors program is still going well. An Eco Team mentors students and ensures the bins are emptied and kept clean. They have created short movies to teach everyone how to use the stations. Teachers are now using the bins to help teach younger students how to sort and classify waste.


Goulburn Street Primary 2014: ‘Yellowland’ learning landscape

Goulburn Street Primary 2014 DEHEG project Through this project the school filled a little-used grassed area with maze-like pathways, a native vegetation garden, a dry creek bed, sculptures and mirrors, a vertical garden and a drift wood climbing frame. The play space celebrates their natural environment and encourages learning in a different setting, scientific exploration, sustainability, studies of nature and the use of natural materials.  


Lenah Valley Primary 2013: Sustainable transport

Lenah Valley Primary 2013 DEHEG walking school bus project Funding received was used to create an action plan and online portal to involve the school community in sustainable transport options, including the establishment of a walking school bus. This was launched in 2014 and has been successful at helping to build a sustainable transport ethos within the school community.


Multicultural Women’s Council of Tasmania 2013: More for less

Migrant Womens Association 2013 DEHEG project

With the assistance of our grant funding, multicultural women new to Hobart learnt about growing food, composting and buying seasonal produce. They also discovered ways to make their homes more energy efficient to reduce costs and stay warm. The children also enjoyed the sessions, particularly producing and harvesting their own seed.