Committee Members

Little Green Steps WA (LGS WA) is proudly run by a committee made up of professionals in the fields of education for sustainability (EfS), environmental education, and Early Years Learning. The knowledge and experiences of these members creates a powerful team equipped to assist you in your journey toward sustainability.  

 You are welcome to contact the members individually, otherwise direct your email to lgs@aaeewa.org.au and the Program Manager will assist you.

Paula Kalinowski

Paula's background is in Biological and Environmental Sciences. Currently working as an Education Officer for the Department of Fisheries, she has spent the majority of her professional life working in Environmental Education and Interpretation. Paula has experience working in animal rescue centres (both wild and domestic), research and design of programs, as well as training and managing both volunteers and staff.

Paula has been involved with LGS WA since 2014 and strongly believes that the most powerful tool in conservation is equipping people with the right information while promoting appreciation and curiosity of the environment. Paula's energy and enthusiasm for sustainable practice is contagious. She helps people understand sometimes difficult issues and encourages you to think a little differently and start taking new steps towards a more sustainable future.

Email: paula.kalinowski@fish.wa.gov.au

Amy Krupa

Amy is the Education and Promotion Manager, South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL). Amy has 13 years experience as the Education and Promotion Manager coordinating the Phosphorus Awareness Project (PAP) which educates the community through environmental education focusing on nutrient reduction strategies.

The PAP annually reaches out to 20,000 people face to face through school incursions, planting excursions, turf manager training, displays and community workshops at major events throughout Perth.

Amy has had training in Community Based Social Marketing and Enabling Change education methodologies and has applied these strategies in the running of the PAP. Amy has also had training in evaluation techniques for education programs.

Amy has developed a broad range of specific nutrient reduction educational and promotional materials eg. Fertilise Wise Guides, and resources, for all age categories.

Amy is the Membership Officer of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (WA Chapter).

Email: amykrupa@sercul.org.au

Dr Jennifer Pearson

Jennifer Pearson is the President of the national Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc and the Convenor of the WA Chapter.

She has a teaching & lecturing career spanning over 30 years working with early years, primary, secondary and tertiary pre-service teachers in science and technology & enterprise learning areas.

Her passion is for Education for Sustainability (EfS) and she was instrumental in initiating the Australian Schools Initiative in WA. Jennifer’s volunteer work with Little Green Steps builds on her professional focus of providing support for EfS in the early years sector to ‘bridge the gap’ for practioners.

Claire Dunn

Claire is currently Environment and Waste Education Officer for the City of Cockburn. She works with school and community groups in promoting environmental awareness and appreciation.

She has previously worked with the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council in a similar role promoting resource preservation and recovery by running school and community tours of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre, Western Australia’s leading resource recovery facility.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and is near completion of a Masters of Sustainability and Climate Policy. Claire is passionate about sustainability and opportunities for positive future change.  She has experience studying and working at the Cal-Earth institute of Earth Art and Architecture and has an interest in Environmentally Sustainable Design.

She is also a trained Living Smart facilitator. Having grown up with a love of the outdoors, Claire recognises that environmental awareness and conservation stems from the appreciation and enjoyment of being in and amongst nature itself and seeks to promote this in her work.

Email: cdunn01@cockburn.wa.gov.au

Dr Elaine Lewis

Dr Elaine Lewis is the Cross Curriculum Coach at an independent public school, Perth, Western Australia.  She has worked as a teacher, across K-7, for many years and in 2008 was awarded the de Laeter Medal for “Outstanding Contribution to Science Teaching”.  

Her research interests focus on Education for Sustainability (EfS), with particular interest in the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative.  Elaine completed her doctoral research in this area, conducting a longitudinal study on the impact of EfS at a school catering for children from three to twelve years old.

In addition to Dr Lewis’ work on the Little Green Steps committee, she serves on the management committees of the Australian Association for Environmental Education - WA Chapter and the One World Centre Inc (WA), and in these roles is involved in many school and community-based EfS initiatives.

In 2012 Elaine was presented with the national “Educator of the Year” award by the Australian Association for Environmental Education.  She has experience as a sessional lecturer in environmental education at Murdoch University, as well as literacy and special needs education at Edith Cowan University Australia.

Email: Elaine.Lewis@education.wa.edu.au

Anne Pettit

Anne has a small consultancy providing sustainability education and support services in Perth and Albany, WA. She has a multi-disciplinary science degree and is also a qualified home sustainability advisor.

Anne is interested in enabling people of all ages, in all situations, develop simple knowledge and skills for sustainable living that can achieve overall environmental and social benefits, especially through re-thinking waste.

In 2012 she was the recipient of the AAEE Brian Foreman scholarship for commitment to environmental education.

Anne is the coordinator of the Mindarie Regional Council Earth Carer Kids program. She is currently drawing on her sustainability expertise and experience in community education to co-write a book about sustainability for early childhood educators.

Email: apettit@iinet.net.au
Mob: 0411 295 880