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

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.

Green Impact
Deakin University's 2018 Green Impact student auditors

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.

Green Gown
Green Gown Awards Australasia winners 2018

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:

Australasian Cohort

ACTS member institutions have been participating in a special cohort that 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

2021 STARS Cohort

We are thrilled to announce that registration is open for the STARS cohort program exclusively for ACTS member institutions! The cohort program will provide hands on, exclusive training and support ACTS member institutions through the STARS data collection and submission process during 2021.

If you are considering participating in the 2021 STARS Cohort and would like more information before purchasing your subscription, please complete this Google Form.

Feel free to also email Monika Urbanski, STARS Data and Resources Manager, with any questions you have at stars@aashe.org.




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.