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Green Impact: 2020 intake for campuses is closing soon

Green Impact is a United Nations award-winning program designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice within organisations. This can mean anything from communicating sustainable transport options, to committing to go plastic free; from supporting staff health and wellbeing campaigns, to working towards carbon-neutrality!

Based on proven behaviour change models, Green Impact's flexible approach means it can be tailored to meet each organisation’s unique needs. If your institution is interested in joining the 15 universities in Australasia, and over 450 organisations worldwide, in becoming leaders in engaging staff and students in sustainable practice, then get in touch with us today!

Signups from campus institutions for 2020 ACTS Green Impact program are closing soon.
Contact r.boyd@acts.asn.au for more information. 


Learn how STARS can work for you!

ACTS and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have partnered to support our members in using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for institutions to measure their sustainability performance, with more than 900 participating institutions around the world.

Up to 15 ACTS member institutions are now eligible to participate in a special cohort that will complete the STARS reporting process together in 2020, with the ultimate aim of earning a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Rating.

Cohort Benefits

  • Opportunity for global benchmarking and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Public recognition of a STARS Rating.
  • ACTS member discount on a STARS subscription.
  • Regular conference calls and ongoing AASHE staff support.
  • Access to a private, online community to brainstorm ideas, share resources and ask questions.

An introductory webinar will be scheduled this February for those interested in learning more about STARS and the cohort. Please contact the ACTS Team to receive details for this no obligation webinar and learn how STARS could support your institution!


Accelerating SDG Practice Webinar:
Engaging students with the SDGs

Wednesday, 11 March, 1–2pm AEDT

One of the key ways universities and Higher Education institutions can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals is by empowering and mobilising their student body towards this agenda. This includes though student engagement activities, such as co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, campus initiatives, activities with clubs & societies and volunteering.

Most institutions already undertake a range of student engagement activities in areas related to the SDGs, such as sustainability and social responsibility, and have considerable experience in delivering them. However, using the SDGs framework itself as an engagement tool presents institutions with new opportunities and new benefits  – as well as new challenges!

We invite you to join us to hear case studies from our region on how institutions have been using the SDGs to engage with their students and raise their awareness, understanding, and action on the SDGs. The talks will explore the different approaches used, as well as their opportunities, benefits, challenges, and emerging best practices.

*Speaker line up to be announced shortly*

**There is space for one more presenter to join the lineup of the webinar** 
ACTS or SDSN members that are interested in presenting case studies for engaging students in the SDGs are invited to submit a proposal by Monday 17 February.

Help us create the biggest ever survey into student opinions and attitudes towards sustainability and education!

Our friends at SOS International are working to get the biggest ever sample size in an academically robust survey of student opinions and attitudes towards sustainability, using this to create an engaging report that can lever action to transform education and direct society to a more sustainable and fair future. They’re looking for universities and student-organisations to communicate the survey to their students in return for useful data that will help inform your own sustainability work.

The survey will be running 1–30 April 2020 and they’re providing a range of support (promotional materials, response rate updates etc) to organisations who sign up here.

For more information visit www.sos.earth/survey or contact sandi@sos.earth

TEFMA Sustainability Workshop

Tuesday, 17 March – Wednesday, 18 March

TEFMA is now inviting registrations for the 2020 Sustainability Workshop, which is being held at the Innovation Campus at the University of Wollongong on 17 - 18 March. 

Sustainability is in the spotlight and requires collaboration between operations, research, industry and our leaders. University campuses are increasingly becoming more efficient and sustainable to ensure cost reductions and a reduced footprint. The TEFMA Sustainability Workshop will provide strategic and operational solutions to help institution performs better. Specific focus sessions will showcase what institutions and industry are implementing on their journeys to a more sustainable future.

Register now for extended early bird rates or join the mailing list to receive event updates.


2030 Climate Action

The University of Queensland
University of Newcastle
University of the Sunshine Coast
We look forward to sharing all the case studies from the finalists of the 2019 Green Gown Awards over coming editions. Don't want to wait? You can view all the video resources from the awards at any time from at ggaa.acts.asn.au.

International Green Gown Awards are underway

The International Green Gown Awards (IGGA) are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college across the world. The 2020 Awards stage 1 is now currently open for any institution that does not have a local regional awards scheme to apply to. We've included a couple of FAQs for institutions in the Australasian region about the IGGAs:

If I belong to an institution in Australia or New Zealand, can I apply to the IGGAs?
No. If your region already has an existing Green Gown Awards program, then you can only apply to your regional Award program and are not eligible to apply for the IGGAs. If your institution has a campus outside of these regions then the regional campus initiatives are eligible for entry. The following Green Gown Award programs exist:

I'm an Australasian winner of an International category, what do I need to do?
Nothing! The 2019 Green Gown Awards Australasian winners of an international category automatically go through to stage 2 of the 2020 IGGA.



23 – 24 JUNE 2020

The impact of a heating climate is touching every aspect of our lives, our homes, our work, communities and nations. At this continued rate, it will cause disruption like never seen before. There is the potential to limit this disruption, through the power of education and the education sector. We must overcome the complexity and uncertainty of unprecedented climate change by mitigating, adapting and creating climate solutions.

Book your place at the EAUC's sustainability Conference – CLIMATE2020 before Tuesday 31 March to benefit from our Early Bird offers available! This event will bring together the key stakeholders from UK & Ireland universities and colleges, and inspire and co-ordinate the sector to assume its position at the forefront of the climate damage limitation movement.


Mobilizing for a Just Transition

4 – 7 OCTOBER 2020

The 2020 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed Mobilizing for a Just Transition, will convene a diverse group of attendees including faculty, students, sustainability officers, administrators, business partners, nonprofit representatives, government officials and community members to focus on centering justice within this transformation and ensuring that it leaves no one behind.

The conference will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Oct. 4 – 7. Sustainability practitioners and educators interested in submitting a proposal and/or becoming a proposal reviewer should do so by Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Note: The deadline will not be extended.

Please contact AASHE at conference@aashe.org with any questions!

Dates to remember
ACTS Conference: Call for proposals launch [25 February, 2020]
WEBINAR: Engaging students with the SDGs [11 March, 2020]
TEFMA Sustainability Workshop [17–18 March, 2020]
Green Gown Awards Australasia: Stage 1 launch [May, 2020]
World Environment Day: Biodiversity [5 June, 2020]
ACTS Conference, Hobart [18 - 20 November, 2020]
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