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JULY 2022 EDITION
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!
With 2022 applications closing tomorrow - Thursday July 7 - this is your last chance to prepare a submission for the prestigious Green Gown Awards Australasia. The 10 open categories showcase sustainability leadership and innovation across campus operations, engagement, learning and skills, as well as recognising individual champions!

Any Higher or Further education institutions from across the Australasian region can apply, including Universities, TAFE, Institutes of Technology Polytechnics and RTO’s, as well as third-party organisations and multi-partner teams with an institutional leader.

Organisational Awards
  • Benefitting Society
  • Creating Impact
  • Climate Action
  • Next Generation Learning & Skills
  • Powerful Partnerships - NEW
  • Student Engagement 
  • Sustainability Institution of the Year
  • Sustainability Champion - Staff & Student
  • Research with Impact - Student - NEW
MORE INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION DETAILS
Feature image: Next Generation Learning & Skills 2021 Winner - UTS with "A degree like no other: Industry Innovation Project in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence & Innovation at UTS"
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WHO WILL WIN INTERNATIONAL HONOURS IN 2022?
The 2022 International Green Gown Awards showcases 56 finalists from 19 countries from across the world. The lineup features 7 winners from the regional 2021 Australasian Awards, and we hope you'll join us in wishing them the best of luck ahead of the upcoming awards ceremony. 

The winners will be announced local time 3am AEST | 5am on 7th July 2022 as part of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. You're invited to watch the awards and celebrate the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world. Find out more and book your place at the Awards Ceremony.

The International Green Gown Awards are endorsed by United Nations Environment Programme and are supported by The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and International Association of Universities (IAU).
MEET THE FINALISTS
UPCOMING MEMBER ROUNDTABLES
11.00AM - 12.30PM AEST | 1.00 - 2.30PM NSZT

STARS: July 12, 2022
Net-zero strategies: August 17, 2022


Roundtables are an opportunity for members to connect in an informal virtual setting to share ideas, challenges and practical solutions with colleagues from across the ACTS network.

Each roundtable meeting is limited to a small number of active participants, each allocated time to provide an update of their institutions activities, initiatives and plans relating to the roundtable topic.

Members can either apply to be active participants, or register as listen-only attendees, where they can hear what our active participants have to share, whilst still having the opportunity to submit questions and contribute to general discussions.

Members can apply to become active participants of upcoming meetings, or register to attend as a listen-only attendee using the links below. 
STARS ROUNDTABLE: JULY 12, 2022
NET-ZERO STRATEGIES ROUNDTABLE: AUGUST 17, 2022
NEW LOOK MEMBER DIRECTORY
The ACTS Member Directory represents a committed and connected network of organisations working towards a better future.

The website listing has recently undergone an upgrade to make it more streamlined and easier to see at a glance all current members, as well as highlights of their sustainability commitments, certifications and accolades.

The Directory is a useful page to bookmark for quick reference to ACTS Member's sustainability websites, as well as as any published sustainability strategies, plans and/or reports. 
CHECK OUT THE DIRECTORY
GOLD STARS FOR UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
The University of Tasmania has become the first Australasian Gold rated institution in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). A STARS score results from a self-reporting effort that is peer reviewed by another university and then put through a data accuracy process by AASHE. UTAS achieved 73.8% of available points, which is well above the 65% required to reach Gold.

The full University of Tasmania STARS submission is publicly available.

With more than 1000 participants in 40 countries, the STARS program is the most widely recognised framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a university’s sustainability performance.

University Chief Sustainability Officer, Corey Peterson, noted that ‘advancing to a Gold rating recognises the significant efforts over the last two years from our staff across all Colleges and Divisions as well as our student partners. Together, we have progressed significantly on our sustainability journey, including identifying new opportunities to deliver holistic outcomes.’ 
LEARN MORE ABOUT STARS
IN THE NEWS: MEMBER HEADLINES
 
#actsofconnection events – be they webinars, shared learning opportunities, competitions or networking events – are aimed at connecting a community of passionate individuals who want to learn more about sustainability and find out what they can do to help make the world a better place! All events are freely accessible to staff and students of participating organisations.
THURSDAY 11 AUGUST 2022
10.00AM AWST | 12.00PM AEST | 2.00PM NSZT


Do you know if your retirement or bank savings are helping to fuel climate change or the destruction of our environment?

Are you keen to find out more about ethical and responsible investing but unsure where to begin and what to look out for?

Research conducted by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) shows that 83% of Australians expect their superannuation, banking and other investments to be invested responsibly and ethically, however the reality can be quite different.

This #actsofconnection webinar will be presented by Katie Braid from Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). Register to to learn about the role our money can play in creating the kind of world we want to live in, and the steps you can take to align your money with your values.
REGISTER HERE
GREEN GOWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA SPOTLIGHT
CLIMATE ACTION
2021 WINNER: RMIT UNIVERSITY
READ THE CASE STUDY
DATES TO REMEMBER
GGAA Stage 1 deadline [30 June 2022]
International Green Gown Awards ceremony [7 July 2022]
Member Roundtable: STARS [14 July 2022]
Member Roundtable: Net-zero strategies [17 August 2022]
SUN Sustainability Fortnight [15 - 26 August 2022]
ACTS members are invited to share news and events in upcoming editions of enACT. To be featured please email a brief description, landscape image and link to info@acts.asn.au.
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