Welcome to ACTS

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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Executive Board

The ACTS Executive Board governs the association, and it’s members are nominated and voted into their position annually at the Annual General Meeting.


Leanne Denby
Director of Sustainability

Macquarie University

At Macquarie, my primary responsibility is to oversee the change towards sustainability within the principles and practices of the University through operations, education and engagement, and planning and development within the built infrastructure and strategic planning. In the context of ACTS, I’m excited about my role and the direction that we are taking to bring the tertiary education sector together. I hope that we can look back in 12-18 months time at our amazing achievements and successes as a result of the commitment and enthusiasm of our members.

D McCartneyVice President – Strategy

Danielle McCartney
Manager, Sustainability

University of Technology, Sydney

I am responsible for augmenting UTS’s sustainability performance through the planning, delivery, monitoring and communication of the university’s sustainability initiatives. With my technical background in architecture and experience in integrating sustainability into the built environment I provide strategic sustainability advice and review for university building projects, infrastructure and operations. I also work collaboratively across the governance, research, learning and engagement areas to deliver sustainability outcomes. I have been working in the tertiary education sector since 2011, previously working as a sustainability consultant in Australia and London. ACTS provides a great forum to share knowledge and recognise success across the research, learning, operations and engagement sectors.

U Iyer-RanigaVice President – Education for Sustainability

Assoc. Prof. Usha Iyer-Raniga
Deputy Head International

RMIT University

I have worked in government, and industry before recommencing work in academia. As a ‘reborn’ academic, I am even more interested in walking the talk in relation to how we achieve sustainability outcomes in teaching, research and showcase examples of best practice in university. We can use our universities as exemplars of teaching and learning for our students as a living laboratory. I look forward to working towards this in my role as VP for EfS.

L StevensonVice President – Partnerships

Linda Stevenson
Senior Advisor, Sustainability

RMIT University

I have worked in the tertiary sector in Australia for the last four years, previously working in UK local government roles. I have a broad interest in sustainability from strategy development through to communication and behaviour change. Within my role at RMIT University I have worked collaboratively across research, academic and operational areas to deliver sustainability outcomes and have recently focused on assessing infrastructure updates and delivering sustainability outcomes though the build environment.

C PetersonVice President – Resources

Corey Peterson
Sustainability Manager

University of Tasmania

I have been active in the education sector for decades whether as a student, researcher or employee. My Masters degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration have enabled me to combine my personal and professional interests and allowed me to be active in sustainability issues generally, but specifically in Tasmania since arriving via an Antarctic research vessel in 1996. I have been active in the not-for-profit sector, including 5 years as President of Sustainable Living Tasmania, and am a graduate of and mentor in the Tasmanian Leaders Program. I have led award-winning sustainability efforts in water conservation, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, student involvement, food gardens and sustainable transport at both MacKillop College and at the University of Tasmania as Sustainability Manager since 2010. I also have a Certificate IV in Carbon Management and have International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) certification.

Ed MaherVice President – Programs

Edward Maher
Manager, CSU Green

Charles Sturt University

ACTS provides a fantastic opportunity for the Australasian Tertiary Sector to be a real leader in the area of sustainability. Working in a sustainability-focused role at a Regional Australian University, I am confident that I can bring ideas that will make a real difference to both ACTS’ and our respective institutions’ ambitions to show the way in this really important area

Vice President – New Zealand

Dr Lesley Stone
Manager, Sustainability and Environment

The University of Auckland

I am an environmental scientist specialising in organisational learning and change for sustainability. I have worked in tertiary education for 18 years, mostly in New Zealand, but with a couple of years in Australia (Curtin University of Technology) and as a visiting fellow in The Netherlands (Erasmus University) and Sweden (Lund University). My current role is to facilitate implementation of The University of Auckland’s commitments with regard to sustainability and environmental performance improvement. Previous roles have included environmental activism and advocacy, teaching and research, and advising central and local government, businesses and NGOs.

D Langdon v2Secretary

Delwyn Langdon

Griffith University EcoCentre

The Griffith University EcoCentre is a key element of the University’s Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology group promoting sustainable development, environmental education and community engagement. Delwyn works with government, industry and the wider community in the promotion of sustainability and environmental education and sits on many environmental working groups. Delwyn is the founding Secretary/Treasurer of ACTS.

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