What we do
ACTS provides resources, knowledge, developmental and networking opportunities for members and by critically challenging and supporting collaboration with stakeholders to lead sustainability innovation in the sector.
Green Impact is a change and engagement program to encourage people to take simple actions on socio-economic and environmental issues at work and beyond.
It provides a framework, bespoke to your university, to empower staff and students to work together and make positive social, environmental and economic differences on a local level. After completing an online toolkit of actions tailored to your institution, Green Impact rewards the work of your staff and students with a year-end award ceremony to recognise the action taken over the academic year.
Currently running at over 200 locations worldwide.
Empowers staff and students to work together and make positive social, environmental and economic differences on a local level.
Drives forward the cutting edge of sustainability through empowering students.
Deakin University’s 2018 Green Impact student auditors
Green Gown Awards Australasia
The Green Gown Awards Australasia is the first and only Award Scheme dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability within the tertiary education sector in Australasia.
The Awards have been firmly established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector. They continue to recognise institutions, large and small, and reward their sustainability actions and initiatives.
The Australasian Awards are managed by ACTS and governed by a cross-sector steering group.
The most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector.
The Awards have continued to grow in size, reputation and prestige both nationally and internationally.
The 2018 Green Gown Awards Australasia winners
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an international non-profit organisation of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability, and ACTS have partnered to offer the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) to ACTS members.
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for higher education institutions to measure their sustainability performance. It encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability. Currently, there are 917 institutions from 37 countries using STARS as an integral part of their reporting process.
Learn more about STARS:
In 2019, 6 ACTS member institutions are participating in a special cohort that will complete the STARS reporting process together, with the ultimate aim of earning a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Rating.
As cohort members, these institutions will have access to:
Opportunity for global benchmarking and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
Public recognition of a STARS Rating
AASHE Member discount on a STARS subscription
Regular conference calls and ongoing AASHE staff support throughout the reporting process
Access to a private, online community to brainstorm ideas, share resources and ask questions
2020 STARS Cohort
We are thrilled to announce that registration is open for the second year of the STARS cohort program exclusively for ACTS member institutions! The cohort program will provide hands on, exclusive training and support to guide up to 15 ACTS member institutions through the STARS data collection and submission process during 2020.
Subscribing before the end of the 2019 comes with added savings as there will be an increase in STARS subscription fees beginning January 1, 2020.
If you are considering participating in the 2020 STARS Cohort and would like more information before purchasing your subscription, please complete this Google Form. An informational webinar will be scheduled in early 2020.
Feel free to also email Jordan Schanda, STARS Program Coordinator, with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 COHORT MEMBERS
The Learning In Future Environments (LiFE) Index is all about you and your institution. Designed to help educational institutions manage, measure and improve their social and environmental responsibility performance, the LiFE Index was developed by sector colleagues from the UK, Australia and New Zealand to guide and support you to map your own route to a more sustainable future.
Whatever sustainability looks like in your institution, the LiFE Index will help you identify gaps, focus your resources and set targets to drive change across the whole institution. You can decide to do all of the LiFE Index or just one of the priority areas, it is up to you.
FREE to ACTS members.
Complements AASHE’S STARS.
A great engagement tool.