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JULY 2020 EDITION
ACTS' SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
Tabled at the 2019 ACTS Annual General Meeting in Dunedin, the ACTS Board presented a plan to modernise our governance structure. After consideration based on member approved and Board enacted strategic statements, the preferred evolution is from an Incorporated Association based in Queensland to an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee with a not-for-profit status.

This evolution is intended to ensure that our legal structure is better able to support our operations and enhance our ability to deliver on our shared collective vision.

For our members to consider this new arrangement and, if in agreement, support the Board undertaking the required steps to bring this change to fruition, we have called a Special General Meeting for our members to vote on the following motion.

The current financial members of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) approve the Board to change the legal constitutional status of ACTS from an ‘Incorporated Association’ based in Queensland to a 'Company Limited by Guarantee' under Australian law.

The Special General Meeting will take place online via zoom on Tuesday 28 July at 10.30am AEST | 12.30pm NZST. An invitation has been sent to the membership representative for each ACTS member institution; to both attend the Special General Meeting and cast a vote for or against the motion on behalf of their institution.

Each member representative will be entitled to one vote for the motion.

If you are a staff member or student of an ACTS member organisation, and would like to provide input or feedback on any governance or constitutional matters for ACTS, please get in touch with your membership representative listed on our members page prior to the Special General Meeting. 

To read more on the proposed constitutional changes and the Special General Meeting, please visit our website using the link below. 
VISIT THE OFFICAL ACTS WEBSITE
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
GREEN IMPACT AUSTRALASIA AWARDS 

Green Impact has quickly become ACTS' flagship sustainability engagement and change program. It supports organisations, staff and students to make small yet meaningful sustainability changes in their workplaces.

Over the last three years, our Green Impact program has grown into a strong network of staff, students and leaders who are creating positive sustainability changes in their organisations, and have become a valued part of the long-standing global Green Impact community.

This year, we were delighted to introduce the inaugural Green Impact Australasia Awards as a way to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our regional participants. The first award winners were announced via livestream and represent the most engaging Green Impact champions and creative team initiatives from the 2019 program year. 

READ MORE ABOUT THE WINNERS AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
INTERNATIONAL GREEN GOWN AWARDS 

The winners of the 2020 International Green Gown Awards were announced via a virtual awards event on 8th July 2020 as part of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum. 

ACTS congratulates all of the Winners and Finalists, who represent universities and learning institutions from across the world demonstrating exceptional sustainability leadership and initiatives.

An extra special shout out goes to our regional finalists; Charles Sturt University who received a commendation in the Sustainability Institution of the Year category, and; the University of Wollongong who was also commended in the Student Engagement Category.

The 2020 Winners' Brochure below contains an overview of all the Winner and Finalist projects including their top project learnings along the way and their top SDG goals.

CHECK OUT THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL WINNERS
2020 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
GREEN GOWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA 

Applications for the 2020 Green Gown Awards Australasia are still open, with a few adaptions to make the submission process a bit easier this year:

  • Deadlines have been pushed back to later in the year for both application stages. Please review all key deadlines on our website.
  • Finalist case study videos are no longer an eligibility requirement. Finalists still have the option to submit a video if they wish, or complete a short case study template as an alternative. 
  • All finalists will be showcased and winners officially announced as part on an online event in November.
Australasian tertiary education institutions, including Universities, TAFE’s, Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (ITPs) and RTO’s as well as third-party organisations and multi-partner teams with an institutional leader are now invited to submit applications to the 12 available categories, aimed at recognising a diverse range of sustainability achievements across campuses.

Make this your winning year and submit an application by 4 August 2020!
VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
PLASTIC FREE JULY WEBINAR
REBOOTING REUSE 

22 July 2020, 12PM AEST | 2PM NZST
As part of Plastic Free July, ACTS is hosting this webinar to provide guidance on how you can help reboot reuse, on our campuses and in our everyday lives, as lockdown restrictions begin to lift and more people are able to visit cafes and food outlets.

Hear firsthand from our panelist Kim Borg, Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia, about the success of the reuse movement prior to the coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on the key relationships between media, social norms and single-use plastic avoidance behaviours.

You'll also hear from Fabia Pryor who heads up global partnerships, responsible business and advocacy at KeepCup. Known worldwide for its reusable cups, KeepCup is a global campaign for reuse and has already helped divert millions of single-use cups from landfill. Fabia will dispel many of the myths concerning reusables, and provide a scientifically endorsed safe method for using reusable cups.

Amanda Cunningham will present a case study of reuse in action from Victoria University of Wellington, where you'll learn about their ‘AURAKI – Returnable Cup Scheme’.

The webinar will wrap up with a live Q&A from our panelists.
LIMITED PLACES! REGISTER HERE
WELCOME NEW ACTS MEMBER
TOI OHOMAI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology are one of the largest tertiary providers in the Bay of Plenty with more than 3,000 students and over 200 study options. Their five main campuses can be found throughout the beautiful Bay of Plenty and South Waikato in Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatāne.

With specialties in business, creative arts, engineering, forestry, health and nursing, hospitality, marine science, road transport, tourism, trades and more, there’s something for everyone. They offer courses from entry-level certificates right through to postgraduate level.

Toi Ohomai is a network of purposeful connections with our community and industry – together they are forming constellations of excellence, knowledge, people, partnerships and innovation throughout the region, united in the exchange of knowledge.

GET TO KNOW THEM
GGAA CASE STUDY VIDEOS: SHARING SUSTAINABILITY BEST PRACTICE
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia winner for the Student Engagement category: University of Wollongong
2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia highly commended for the Student Engagement category: University of Tasmania
University of Wollongong
2019 WINNER
University of Tasmania
HIGHLY COMMENDED
2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia finalist for the Student Engagement category: Griffith University
2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia finalist for the Student Engagement category: Otago Polytechnic
Griffith University
FINALIST
Otago Polytechnic
FINALIST
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Plastic Free July [1 July - 31 July 2020]
NAIDOC Week [Postponed until November 2020]
Rebooting Reuse Webinar [22 July 2020]
ACTS Special General Meeting [28 July 2020]
*Save the Date* Accelerating SDGs Webinar [30 July 2020]
National Tree Day, Australia [2 August, 2020]
GGAA: Stage 1 closes [4 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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