Reasons to set up an Environmental Sustainability Committee

  • Supporting the Environment is now Rotary International’s new Area of Focus
  • There are environmental concerns that your Rotary Club can address locally, regionally and internationally
  • Focussing on environmental sustainability may appeal to younger members
  • Environmental projects will enhance your club’s brand
  • Environmental projects will create volunteering opportunities to enhance connection with the community and as a pathway to membership
  • It can link into bushfire recovery, being a significant current environmental issue.
  • Environmental Sustainability to feature in the Centenary year and 2023 Rotary International Convention


  • Engage with others - gain support of the leadership and members in the Club.
  • Identify at least one committed champion with influence in the Club.
  • Draft Terms of Reference in accordance with Club protocols to present to the Board.
  • Seek ideas within the Club of activities that will improve the environment.
  • Research what is happening elsewhere (e.g. at District Committee, ESRAG and ESRAG ANZPI).
  • Identify which projects/events would resonate in the Club.
  • Consideration of potential community partners.
  • Draft a proposal for discussion at the Club or Board
  • Obtain Board approval.
  • Once approved, publicise and promote.
  • Identify Club members who may have an interest in environmental issues to join your Environmental Sustainability Committee.

Terms of Reference

  1. Committee Name: Environmental Sustainability
  2. Scope: The committee reports to the Board through a specified nominated Director
  3. Purpose: 
    • The Committee will advise the Board about environmental matters such as how the Club can be more sustainable;
    • The committee may organise relevant speakers;
    • identify areas where Rotary can make a difference to the environment;
    • manage projects; and
    • act as consultant to support other committees’ projects to identify or encourage environment related complementary activities
  4. Membership: The Board could identify potential members for the committee, and the Chair to be appointed by the Board.
  5. Meeting arrangements: As appropriate.
  6. Deliverables and Projects: 
    1. Projects: The committee will identify projects, including volunteer activities, in the area of environmental sustainability and act as advisor to other committees’ projects.
    2. Partnerships: Partners such as local schools, local councils, identified as appropriate.
    3. Sustainable Club: The committee will provide advice to the Board regarding action to be taken by the club to be seen as an Environmentally Sustainable Club (which could often be extended to home/office/leisure).  Some examples may be to eliminate plastic, manage food wastage etc. This will include setting targets for the Club as well as advising and educating members
  7. Resources and budget: Resources and a budget to be prepared for consideration by the Board in line with the club’s project management process.

Connect to District and Global Resources for Support

Support, case studies and information about what other clubs are doing is available from: