2013 Award Categories
ACTS is delighted to announce the 2013 categories for the Green Gown Awards Australasia. Now in their 4th year, the tertiary education sector has embraced these Awards recognising them as an excellent and prestigious example of sustainability best practice. There are few changes to the categories for this year and we hope every Australasian institution (universities, TAFE’s, Polytechnics, RTO’s) will find a category suitable for the worthwhile initiatives they are undertaking.
New for 2013 is the splitting of the ACTS Award of Excellence into 2 separate categories – an Institutional award and an individual award. The former TAFE & Smaller Institutions category has been updated to create the Smaller Institutions category and ACTS is delighted to collaborate with sustainability.edu.au & the Office for Learning and Teaching on the Learning & Teaching category.
2013 Award Categories & Criteria
- Energy consumption and source
- Waste reduction, recycling and responsible disposal
- Sustainable travel planning and management etc
Applications are likely to be successful if they provide considerable quantitative evidence on the nature of the improvements made and demonstrate a causal relationship between activities undertaken and improvements achieved. Applications must also demonstrate real improvement, rather than precursor activities such as foot-printing or setting of targets.
Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change
Learning & Teaching*
- effective integration of sustainability principles and/or practices within and across disciplines and courses, especially those not traditionally engaged with sustainability;
- the development of new courses focused on sustainability issues;
- use of practical sustainability-related projects or other practical activities within courses including work-based learning initiatives.
Applicants must demonstrate continued achievement through a holistic approach, connecting to EfS principles relevant to the course. Further guidance on the suggested principles for EfS can be found via http://sustainability.edu.au/about-sustainability/
* In collaboration with Learning & Teaching Sustainability (sustainability.edu.au) and the Office of Learning & Teaching.
Skills for Sustainability
- training for apprenticeships;
- continuing professional development (CPD) activities;
- skill-focused courses leading to professional or vocational qualifications;
- short courses for practitioners and;
- demonstrating/implementing sustainability practices in the workplace.
However, applications can be made for activities connected with undergraduate or other academic courses if there is a practical focus on the development of specific skills which goes beyond the normal activities of the disciplinary curriculum, e.g. running community-based projects which give students considerable autonomy and develop their communication, management abilities etc.
- awareness campaigns
- procurement actions
- volunteering activities organised by unions, societies and similar organisations within institutions
- social media projects
- community initiatives
- Sustainability reporting and websites
Smaller Institutions - Updated
ACTS Award of Excellence
- Institutional Award
- Individual Award – NEW
ACTS members are asked to nominate themselves or another member institution/individual that deserves recognition for continued and on-going effort to improve sustainability performance. This Award is about recognising continued efforts, large or small, that have resulted in an improvement to the sustainability achievements of an institution and/or beyond, regardless of sector excellence. Examples of possible application topics include the continued effort/leadership of an individual (for the individual award); continued effort/ leadership of a group of staff and/or students; an institution’s or individual’s outreach to the local community or other institutions/entities; the sharing of knowledge and/or resources, raising awareness and behaviour change and the greening of departments/campuses. Please note that for the individual award both staff and students from member institutions are eligible to be nominated. Nominations for both awards that can demonstrate a broad and diverse range of sustainability achievements will be more highly favoured by the judges. Winners for this category will be decided by ACTS members who will be asked to vote from a shortlisted group. Winners will be announced at the Green Gown Awards Australasia ceremony.
Disclaimer: Any person working for an ACTS member institution is eligible to nominate or be nominated for the ACTS Award of Excellence – Individual Award. This includes voluntary members of the ACTS board and regional directors. ALL submissions will be treated equally and fairly and there will be no conflicts of interest in the shortlisting process. No member of the ACTS board or regional directors will sit on the judging panel to shortlist the applications. The winner will be decided on by a public vote, by ACTS members, of which members of an institution are unable to vote for another member of the same institution. The decision of the Green Gown Awards Australasia team is final with the rules of the Awards process followed to the utmost integrity.