Lendlease is a leading international real estate group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong and connected communities.
In line with company’s purpose of focussing on forming vibrant and enduring communities which contribute to a more livable and sustainable future, in 2019, Lendlease partnered with Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare Program. The partnership aims is to help support the next generation of environmental and community leaders by fostering relationships with youth, the local community and Indigenous champions to drive greater environmental and social outcomes in communities where Lendlease has a presence.
In 2020, 12 primary and high schools in Queensland and Western Australia were the recipients of the first Lendlease Junior Landcare Grants. The grants of up to $5,000 each, totaling nearly $60,000 in funding, were awarded for environmental projects focussing on biodiversity, food production, Indigenous perspectives, waste management or a combination of these.
This grants program had a positive impact on the 1,217 students involved, their school communities, and the health of the natural environment impacted by the projects. 3,180m² of land was cleared of weeds, 1,366 plants established, and 713kg of litter collected.
As a result of their involvement in the projects, students experienced an increased awareness of sustainability issues, increased interaction with local community groups, and a wide range of skills and knowledge that linked through to areas of the curriculum, such as biological sciences and design and technology. At the bottom of this page are links to case studies about two of the projects.
Having employees participate in Corporate Environmental Volunteering is another important element of the partnership. In October 2020, over 90 Lendlease employees in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory participated in Landcare Australia’s first multi-location corporate environmental volunteering events since COVID-19 started. Key to the success and safety of all involved was the development and implementation of COVID-19 related safety procedures, ensuring compliance with all relevant State Government COVID-19 health policies.
These six events were great opportunities for Lendlease employees to reconnect with colleagues and the environment and contribute to supporting local environmental projects.