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ACTS is a non-profit member based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand. We aim to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector.

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2016 Awards

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Why you should enter!

The 2016 Green Gown Awards Australasia are open to all Australasian tertiary education institutions including universities, TAFE’s, polytechnics and private RTO’s.

Being recognised in the Awards can have huge benefits: within your institution; the local community; the wider sector and even globally. Many of us are now involved in sustainability projects but how do we let others know about it? How do we inspire our team and others to do more? How do we learn from other peoples experiences? Applying for a Green Gown Awards Australasia is the best place to start!
The key benefits of applying:

  • Engage your staff and students and acknowledge the team’s efforts
  • Gain recognition from senior management
  • Increase awareness about your sustainability projects in Australasia, UK and internationally
  • Raise your profile and showcase your sustainability excellence via events, case studies and videos
  • Join a network of exceptional institutions with year-long promotion for your institution
  • And lastly re-energise and motivate your sustainability commitment!

What do our previous winners say?…

“We were thrilled to win the Green Gown Award for our student led ‘Tap It’ campaign. This win recognised our sustainability efforts and validated our campaign approach, which brought many students and staff together. It has also raised awareness across campus on our objectives and how students can be involved.” Cindy Cunningham, Sustainability Engagement Office – Macquarie University.

“The Award has celebrated the power of collaborative effort. Where once silos prevailed, we now have a clear model for future collaborations. These collaborations provide students and staff with a stake in the future of the campus and a unique opportunity to have practical input into how the campus develops. Recognising peoples efforts goes a long way to validating input and effort and encouraging pride amongst staff members – everyone has had a go at having the award on their desk! Its a great conversation starter”. Beth Mitchell, Sustainability Planner, University of Canberra.

Need some inspiration?

Then look no further! The ethos of the Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice are shared within the sector and beyond, many of the 2015 finalists, highly commended and winning entries have all worked hard to provide short 2 minute case study videos on their projects. Browse the extensive resources, going back almost 5 years! from both Australasia and the UK and learn from others best practice case studies.

VIEW: The 2015 Finalist brochure

Need help? Watch the top tips for success webinar, which gives you an insight into what the judges are looking for and how to address the category criteria.

Recognition is global

There has never been a better time to get involved with the Awards as the International Green Gown Awards have gotten even bigger. Institutions within Australasia, UK, French-speaking Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg) and Canada have now been joined by the GUPES Awards representing 6 UNEP regions – Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia. Recognition for all your hard work is now global. Winners from each of the regions will compete for the international title in 3 categories.

Support the Awards

If you, or an organisation you know, wish to align themselves with the most prestigious sustainability Awards scheme in Australasia then please do contact us now. There are a number of packages to choose from including headline and category supporters. Increase your brand exposure with almost every institution in Australasia by aligning with this well recognised brand. Promotion is for the whole of the Awards cycle which can be almost 12 months long, so a sponsorship package truly is great value for money. Make those connections:

Contact Sue Hopkins – Awards Manager ggaa@acts.asn.au

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