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AUGUST 2020 EDITION
CHANGES COMING TO ACTS GOVERNANCE (IN A GOOD WAY!)
At a Special General Meeting of the ACTS membership on 28 July a unanimous decision was made to adopt a new organisational constitution to support ACTS evolving from an incorporated Association based in Queensland, Australia to becoming an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee. This change was supported by independent legal advice to modernise ACTS governance that will deliver a number of advantages, including:
  • Increased flexibility of Board Membership
  • Federally and internationally recognised structure
  • Improved integration with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) reducing likelihood of duplicated reporting
  • More favourable liability profile for directors of not-for-profit acting as responsible persons in good faith.
What doesn’t change:
  • Members make ‘big picture’ decisions, including whether to change the governing document (including its purpose), appointment of Office holders and decisions about winding up the organisation
  • Office holders are responsible for the day to day operations and governance of the organisation, such as setting the policies and ensuring compliance with legal obligations
  • Support for international members and office holders
  • ABN, employees and contractual relationships.
With this membership approval, over the next few months the ACTS Board will undertake the formal migration process required (and in time for the next AGM!).
 
If you have any questions about this please contact either Corey Peterson, President (corey.peterson@utas.edu.au) or Ed Maher, Director (emaher@csu.edu.au).
2020 APPLICATIONS EXTENDED
GREEN GOWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA 

If you've been doing great things in the name of sustainability at an Australasian tertiary education institution, then we strongly encourage you to the 2020 Green Gown Awards Australasia. Now more than ever is the time to celebrate the innovations and achievements of institutions working hard to create a better future for all. 

The deadline for Stage 1 applications has been extended until 4pm AEST | 6pm NZST on August 11, 2020. Please ensure your application is submitted on time, as no further extension past this deadline will be available.
 
Information on how to apply is available on our website or you can contact the awards team at ggaa@acts.asn.au.

Don't forget you can submit a project or initiative to multiple categories to increase your chance of success!

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EMERGING ISSUES
AASHE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Higher education has changed dramatically since we closed our call for proposals in early March. A global pandemic has led to major changes in how campuses operate, with significant implications for sustainability. Similarly, the widespread protests against racism sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others has caused institutions to more closely examine the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy. To ensure that the content at the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE) reflects these developments, AASHE is hosting this supplementary Emerging Issues Call for Proposals.

Submission period closes on August 14.

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GLOBAL CLIMATE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020

16–20 NOVEMBER

Over the years EAUC has been at the forefront of incredible global initiatives by inspiring, celebrating and advancing the critical role that education has in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the SDG Accord and the International Green Gown Awards. More recently, we have inspired institutions and networks across the globe to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate crisis brings to the wider society by becoming signatories of the Global Climate Letter.
 
EAUC is now going a step forward through The Global Climate Conference in Education which aims to bring together these leading institutions to learn and inspire to create a bigger international movement in the education sector. Educational leaders, academics, professionals, and students heavily involved in these initiatives will have the opportunity to:

  • Build networks with like-minded sustainability professionals from around the world
  • Step up and become a front runner in finding a solution to the climate crisis
  • Update your knowledge by interacting with field experts
  • Limit the impact of the climate crisis by adapting sustainability initiatives implemented by the global sustainability sector
  • Hear and be part of the debates that will have global sustainability leaders on the spotlight
  • Be at the forefront of the discussions in lead up to the UN Climate Change Summit COP26 2021.
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
WELCOME NEW ACTS MEMBER
TAFE QUEENSLAND GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is the second-largest city in Queensland and is known for its popular beaches, theme parks, and lush natural hinterland. TAFE Queensland has campuses spanning the length of the Gold Coast region, from Coolangatta to Coomera as well as central locations in Ashmore and Southport.

From entry-level skill sets and certificates through to advanced diplomas and bachelor degrees, we have a course to suit your needs. With a comprehensive range of study areas to choose from, TAFE Queensland can help you reach your career goals sooner.

A comprehensive range of study areas are offered on the Gold Coast including animal care, automotive, building and construction, business, child care, community services, digital screen and media, electrotechnology, engineering, floristry, general education, graphic design, hairdressing and beauty, horticulture, hospitality and cookery, information technology, music, nursing and health, photography, sports and fitness, retail, and tourism and events.

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DATES TO REMEMBER
NAIDOC Week [Postponed until November 2020]
National Tree Day, Australia [2 August, 2020]
WEBINAR: Ethical Eats [5 August, 2020]
Fairtrade Fortnight [7–20 August, 2020]
GGAA: Stage 1 closes [Extended to 11 August, 2020]
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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