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FEBRUARY 2022 EDITION
2ND REGIONAL FORUM 

Mainstreaming Education for the SDGs
in Higher Education

22, 23 & 24 February 2022
3:00–5:00 pm NZDT | 1:00–3:00 pm AEDT | 10:00 am–12:00 pm AWST  
Other time zones
ACTS, SDSN AusNZPac and PRME AusNZ warmly invite you to join university leaders, education for sustainable development experts, and teaching staff from a wide range of disciplines, to discuss good practices, challenges and opportunities for scaling up education for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Higher Education in the AusNZPac region.

Providing all their students with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to address complex sustainable development challenges is one of the biggest contributions HEIs can have towards achieving the SDGs.

The forum aims to share good practices from institutions in our region and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for scaling up education for the SDGs. It will focus in particular on three themes across three days:
  1. Supporting mainstreaming education for the SDGs through institutional mechanisms and cross-institutional collaborations
  2. Implementing innovative educational programs in response to the SDGs and societal challenges
  3. Learning & teaching for climate change action
The forum is free and open to anyone who is interested in education for the SDGs in higher education. The sessions will be recorded and shared online.

>> View the full agenda
REGISTER HERE
IN THIS EDITION OF enACT
2022 MEMBER ROUNDTABLES - HAVE YOUR SAY!
Member Roundtables are an opportunity for you to connect in an informal virtual setting to share ideas, innovations and challenges with colleagues from across the ACTS network. 

Each meeting focuses on a specific area of sustainability, and is limited to a small number of active participants, allowing everyone the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions and contribute to discussion. Members can also register as listen-only participants, while still having the ability able to submit questions for discussion. 

There is no expectation for active participants to be doing everything perfectly (in reference to the roundtable topic), rather this is an opportunity to connect with fellow members within the ACTS community who are working to achieve sustainability similar goals on campus.

Current members are now invited to complete a very short survey using the link below, to let us know what topics you'd like us to focus on this year - as either an active or listen-only participant. The survey will take just a few moments to complete and will help us schedule topics of interest.
Don't forget! You can access recordings from past roundtables via our online member portal. Recent roundtables have focussed on transport and travel, carbon and climate, circular economy and sustainable procurement.
HAVE YOUR SAY – COMPLETE THE SURVEY
DELWYN LANGDON BECOMES ACTS LIFE MEMBER
It's the end of an era for Griffith University, with longstanding sustainability champion Delwyn Langdon leaving the institution, after 20 years at the helm of the EcoCentre. Delwyn leaves behind a long list of achievements for her time at the university, not least of all being the founding Secretary/Treasurer for ACTS!

To recognise her long service to sustainability in the higher education sector, outstanding leadership of the EcoCentre, and her foundational role in establishing and supporting ACTS, our Board of Directors have named Delwyn an ACTS Life Member. 

Delwyn becomes just the second person to named on the honorary list, joining former ACTS President Leanne Denby.

"I’m honoured to be named a Life Member. When I think of my journey with ACTS, I look back to the first time I met people like me who were championing sustainability in their own organisations. And I realised I wasn’t the only one! That was at a small conference at the EcoCentre in 2004." 

"And here we are, 17 years later, an international organisation that provides support for so many institutions and sustainability practitioners in Australia & New Zealand. I am so very proud of the organisation ACTS has become."

"But to me, it is really the people who make ACTS so special. It has been described as a family, and it really is. Although I am no longer at Griffith, and therefore unable to be on the Board, I am delighted to be a member of this amazing family of awesome people and change agents. As I embark on my new adventure to as an SDGs consultant, I hope I get the chance to catch up with you all again. Stay safe & well." - Delwyn 
CONNECT WITH DELWYN ON LINKEDIN
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS OF THE
GREEN IMPACT AUSTRALASIAN AWARDS
The Green Impact Australasia Awards recognise the people that have worked hard to complete sustainability actions as part of a Green Impact team, as well as implement initiatives that have had a positive impact within their institution or local community. With the leadership and support of these champions, we were able to complete over 6500 Green Impact actions 2021!

Each year finalists are nominated for special awards by peers at their respective institutions, who are then put forward in consideration for the Australasian Awards. Please join us in congratulating our finalists! 

STAFF CHAMPION
  • Jenni Klaus: Reach Out! CoSE Science Engagement (UTAS)
  • Kim Daly: BELoved planet (AUT)
  • Lulu Meehan: Monash Residential Services (Monash University)
  • Margaret Bakes: Eco Heroes (University of Melbourne)
STUDENT CHAMPION
  • Ashwag Madkhali: Susty Team (UTAS)
  • Ru Hui Foong: Green Conservation (University of Melbourne)
ENGAGEMENT INNOVATION
  • Eco Heroes (University of Melbourne)
  • MSDI (Monash University)
  • TSS Teaching (University of Sydney)
The winners for the three categories will be announced on the 17th February 2022. In a Green Impact first, our winners will go on to represent Australasia in the very first International Green Impact Awards, to be announced in March. 
THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN GREEN IMPACT THIS YEAR!
 
Is your organisation looking for a fully supported and flexible engagement program to help drive internal sustainability action? Green Impact might be the perfect solution! If you'd like to learn more about this award-winning program and join this year's cohort of participating institutions then get in touch with our team today. 
GREEN IMPACT AUSTRALASIAN AWARDS FINALISTS
Fiji National University
WELCOME FIJI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
ACTS would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest institutional member - Fiji National University (FNU).

FNU's vision is to be the leading dual-sector university in the Pacific, and their commitment to environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation is highlighted by the recent launch of their Sustainability Plan 2021-2026.

FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Toby Wilkinson said the five-year Sustainability Plan was aligned to the University’s Strategic Plan of the same timeframe, which emphasises sustainability as an overarching theme in its direction and development.

“As the national University of a small Pacific island nation, FNU has a special responsibility to show leadership in sustainability to show that we can operate more sustainably in all areas of activity,” Prof Wilkinson said.

ACTS is delighted to welcome FNU to our growing cohort of Pacific Island members, and we look forward to showcasing their achievements throughout our network. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT FNU
GREEN GOWN AWARDS SPOTLIGHT
SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
READ THE CASE STUDY
DATES TO REMEMBER
2nd Regional Forum for the SDGs in HE [22-24 Feb, 2022]
Earth Hour [26 March 2022]
Earth Day [22 April 2022]
Green Gown Awards Australasia - 2022 Launch [April, 2022]
The Future of Sustainability Conference [10-12 May, 2022]
World Environment Day [5 June 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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