MEFL Internship – Green purchasing: Policy and procedures


Student Placement Opportunity:
Green purchasing: Policy and procedures
June – July 2014


MEFL is an independent not-for-profit organisation established by the Moreland City council in 1999 to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the municipality and beyond. MEFL works closely with the Moreland community offering a range of services and programs to ensure a sustainable future. MEFL’s Office is located at Level 1, Suite 6, 200 Sydney Rd Brunswick 3056.
MEFL offers six student placement opportunities over the course of the year. Each placement is expected to continue for two months, 2-4 days per fortnight; however this is flexible. Student placements are designed to provide an opportunity for a student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification to gain work experience in a dynamic independent community organization.
For this placement, we seek 2 enthusiastic students of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification to work together and assist the MEFL team to review and revise our current green purchasing policy and procedures. The task includes reviewing the existing MEFL green purchasing documents and systems against current industry best practices. It will also involve a review of our current tools to ensure that we have a system to be able to only engage with suppliers / services that have an environmental plan.
MEFL focuses on sustainability as a key driver in its own activities. We are committed to improving the environmental performance of our office-based activities, and to be leaders in best practice environmental management of these. This forms a key component of our commitment to demonstrate good environmental practice in our own operations.


Work with the MEFL team to

  • review current environmental purchasing documents
  • review supplier audit tools
  • use the audit tool against our current list of providers
  • create a list of approved “green” suppliers


Applicant must be a current student of a sustainability-related tertiary qualification
Applicant must have:

  • an understanding of sustainability theory
  • the ability to undertake research and project work
  • excellent time management and organizational skills


This is an unpaid student placement opportunity. Students are provided a stipend of $20 per working day toward meals and/or transport. It is envisioned that the student will commit to 2-4 days per fortnight, however time fraction and hours are negotiable. The placement will begin in June 2014 and continue for 2 months. A longer or shorter placement can be negotiated if the student’s course requires. Students should confirm academic credit for placements with Mr Robin Chacko before applying.

Conditions for Credit:

Students that meet the eligibility criteria for the below units:


ATS3129 – Arts Internship.   (Completion of 96 CP by Sem 1 ,2014 and distinction average)

Students from the following major:

Society, cities and sustainability

For queries contact: Mr Robin Chacko


APG5763 – Sustainability internship

For queries contact: Dr Libby Porter


MEFL works with households, businesses, schools and community groups helping to:
· Reduce wasteful energy use
· Save money on power bills
· Make buildings more comfortable to live and work in all year round
This work is done through:
· Advice, training, consultancy services and advocacy work
· Cheap and easy energy-saving tips, resource guides and info kits
· Five Star Home Renovator’s Service
· Detailed energy audits and recommendations
Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) was established as an independent not-for-profit organisation more than 12 years ago by Moreland City Council with funds from the sale of the Brunswick Energy Supply Department.
Today, MEFL’s contribution – across residential, business, community and policy development – is more critical than ever given the need for an urgent transition to a sustainable energy future and action on climate change.
Our mission
MEFL works with households, businesses, community groups and governments on innovative approaches to implementing sustainable energy supply and reducing energy use.
Our values
Innovation, honesty, respect, resilience and teamwork.


To apply, please forward your curriculum vitae and a 1 page cover letter to Mel Miller,
For more information about the role contact Mel Miller on 03 9385 8506 or email

Applications close Tuesday 27 May 2014