2011 ACTS Conference
11th International ACTS Conference
The 2011 ACTS Conference was hosted by the University of Adelaide at the National Wine Centre, South Australia, between 28 – 30 September. The theme for the conference “Sustainability as Core Business: Building the Case for Change” aptly addressed this challenge faced by the tertiary sector by exploring how sustainability fits into core business and providing tools and techniques to enable the required change.
With a panel of distinguished keynote speakers, the conference was attended by over 120 delegates, engaging with presentations on a wide variety of topics addressing campus sustainability and education for sustainability. The conference brought together leaders, academics, sustainability-focused decision makers, environmental managers, engineering and technical staff, and students from the tertiary education sector, business and government throughout Australia and New Zealand.
As part of the new international collaboration efforts, Leanne Denby (ACTS President) facilitated an open session to draw input into the national and international tertiary education response for Rio + 20. Jimmy Brannigan, a representative from ACTS international sister organisation Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) hosted a productive session on how to create Net Positive Leadership in your organisation. From tips on using social media to create change for sustainability right through to practical ideas on how to build sustainability into the core business of Learning and Teaching, the 11th international ACTS conference was as diverse as it was inspiring.
The highlight of the conference was the Conference Dinner, where delegates enjoyed a hard-earned night of celebration. The food and wines were a delicious accompaniment to celebrating the achievements of the Green Gown Award Australasia Award winners. The Retro Photo Booth was a hit and delegates danced the night away at the beautiful National Wine Centre.
The conference wrapped up with a sector update and a LiFE Performance Management Tool overview at the University of Adelaide on Friday 30 September. Some delegates chose to kick off the long weekend by attending one of two conference field trips – a sustainability tour of Adelaide or a biodynamic winery tour in Norton Summit.
All in all it was a successful, fun-filled and inspiring conference through which delegates created and strengthened networks, and gained insights, motivation, and ideas to further embed sustainability into the core business of their respective institutions. We’re looking forward to the next ACTS Conference in 2012 – dates and venue to be confirmed, but expect it to be in the last week of September and in Queensland.