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JUNE 2021 EDITION
INTRODUCING YOUR NEW LOOK MEMBER PORTAL

This week the ACTS team rolled out some exciting new updates to our website, including a brand new member portal. This means you can now access all of our member-only content, such as our online resource hub, webinars and upcoming roundtable events from one easy-to-navigate page! 

You'll also be able to search for sustainability experts from our network through the new ACTS member database. This online contact listing features sustainability practitioners, individuals actively working in sustainability roles or those with significant expertise in an area of sustainability. Members that qualify can opt-in to the list and include up to four areas of expertise, meaning you can search and filter contacts by a range of sustainability areas.

Don't forget that if your organisation is a member of ACTS, all staff and students from your institution can register as a subscriber to access our member portal. So if you know colleagues or students that are interested in sustainability, invite them to register today!

VISIT THE ACTS WEBSITE
IN THIS EDITION OF ENACT
GREEN GOWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA NOW OPEN!
Australasian tertiary education institutions, including Universities, TAFE, Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics and RTO’s, as well as third-party organisations and multi-partner teams with an institutional leader, are now invited to submit applications to range of categories that recognise sustainability innovation and excellence.

What's new for this year?

We have introduced two brand new award categories: We've updated the titles for a few of your favourite awards: We've amended the two-year rule to exclude highly commended initiatives:
  • This means finalists who were previously awarded highly commended can now reapply to the same category this year for the chance to win. 
  • Winning initiatives must still wait two years before they can reapply. 
And finally, all categories have been updated to include consideration of challenges and opportunities as a result of the global pandemic. 

Our dedicated Awards website contains all of the information you need to make this your winning year! Stage 1 applications are due by July 7, 2021.
VISIT THE GREEN GOWN AWARDS WEBSITE
ANNOUNCING THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL FINALISTS
The finalists of the 2021 International Green Gown Awards were recently revealed, representing 51 finalists from 23 countries from across the world.

Join us in congratulating all of the finalists and celebrate the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by education institutions across the world at the International Green Gown Awards Ceremony. This virtual event will be held as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum on the July 8, 2021.

The International Green Gown Awards are endorsed by United Nations Environment and are supported by The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and International Association of Universities (IAU), as well as regional delivery partners the EAUC, Campus Responsables and ACTS
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FINALISTS
BIODIVERSITY & CONSERVATION MEMBER ROUNDTABLE
We have a responsibility to current and future generations to preserve and improve the diversity of ecosystems, habitats and wildlife. UN SGD 15 – Life on Land – calls on us to promote sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserve biodiversity; not as a cause, but as key to our own survival.

Increasingly institutions are taking steps to improve their natural environments, ensuring that campuses become highly valuable resources for biodiversity and meaningful contributors to conservation. Our next ACTS member roundtable will focus on these efforts.

This is an opportunity to connect with fellow members within the ACTS community who are addressing similar challenges, and taking advantage of similar opportunities; there is no expectation for institutions to be doing everything perfectly.

Whether you’re working on a specific project, or a range of initiatives, we want to hear from you! Register your interest to participate as an active or listen-only participant using the link below. 
The Biodiversity & Conservation ACTS Member Roundtable will take place on Wednesday June 16, 11.00am - 12.30pm AEST | 1.00pm - 2.30pm NZST.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE
CARBON & CLIMATE MEMBER ROUNDTABLE

Carbon reduction and adaptation to the effects of climate change are essential for institutional resilience and business continuity. Institutions are exposed to significant climate risks and responsibilities to meet targets; and need to be taking bold steps to meet these targets while ensuring student outcomes and satisfaction are maintained.

This roundtable will focus on institutions that are working on climate change mitigation and adaption, including net-zero emissions efforts. Specific discussion areas may include:

  • Plans for achieving net-zero.
  • Work on Scope 3 emissions.
  • Mitigation and adaptation activities.
  • Research and academic knowledge in helping advance actions.
  • Partnerships within your community and other stakeholders.
  • Overall barriers and challenges have been identified and, if possible, overcome.
The Carbon & Climate ACTS Member Roundtable will take place on Wednesday July 7, 11.00am - 12.30pm AEST | 1.00pm - 2.30pm NZST.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE
GREEN GOWN AWARDS AUSTRALASIA
CREATING IMPACT SPOTLIGHT



2020 Winner

RMIT University
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Highly Commended
The University of Melbourne
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Finalist
CQ University
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Finalist
The University of Newcastle
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THE PEDAGOGY OF TRANSITION:
EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT

Following the recent UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, many educators are asking a key question: are we educating for the world we want?

Despite many valuable on-the-ground initiatives, the answer is a clear “no” in the wide-ranging forum The Pedagogy of Transition: Educating for the Future We Want, published in May by the Great Transition Initiative (GTI).

Following an opening paper by Stephen Sterling, Emeritus Professor at the University of Plymouth, twenty-eight panellists - including David Orr, Arjen Wals, Vandana Singh, Guy Dauncey, Rajesh Tandon, Isabel Rimanoczy, Iveta Silova and Richard Falk – critique the dominant education models in practice today and reflect on what a “pedagogy of transition” aligned with the long transition to a just, ecological, and fulfilling civilization would look like—and what it already looks like in the classroom/lecture hall and beyond.

The forum contributes to growing international debate on the purposes and role of education by offering a powerful and challenging critique of conventional assumptions about education and learning. More importantly, it posits inspiring alternative visions and practicable steps to transformative change that point the way forward.

VISIT THE GTI FORUM
#actsofconnection is the perfect solution for any organisation looking to support internal engagement on sustainability but lacks the time or resources to develop a program in-house.

By becoming an organisational subscriber, all your employees can access a range of live and on-demand sustainability themed events, with content that is topical and accessible to a wide audience.
LEARN MORE ABOUT #ACTSOFCONNECTION
COMING UP NEXT...
Talking Climate & Food [June 10, 2021]
Yoga Basics [June 16, 2021]
What is Planetary Health? [June 22, 2021]
DATES TO REMEMBER
World Environment Day [June 5, 2021]
World Oceans Day [June 8, 2021]
MR: Biodiversity & Conservation [June 16, 2021]
Green Impact Awards Australasia [June 17, 2021]
Day to Combat Desertification & Drought [June 17, 2021]
Plastic Free July [July 1 - 31, 2021]
GGAA Stage 1 deadline [July 6, 2021]
MR: Carbon & Climate [July 7, 2021]
International Green Gown Awards [July 8, 2021]
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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