University of Tasmania Sustainability Bulletin Issue 3 2018

Sustainability Bulletin

Issue 3 | July - August 2018

Project Overview

Sustainability Integration Program for Students

Green Impact Launch The Green Impact change and engagement program launches on 18 July for a pilot period in 2018. Green Impact is designed to make it easy and engaging for staff and students to better understand environmental and social sustainability, show how they can effect change, and support them in achieving sustainability outcomes. For more information visit www.nus.org.uk/greenimpact or email sustainability.utas@utas.edu.au covered equipment from Engineering Level 1 was recycled. If you have furniture items you would like to donate to the Re- Use Program or would like to find out more about this program click here. A resourceful twist to recovery after floods Thanks to the dynamic duo ( Jason and Doug) the Re-Use program is back up and running after playing a key role in the Sandy Bay flood recovery efforts. The Re-Use Program provides UTAS staff with an alternative to purchasing new furniture items, by cataloguing unwanted furniture from around the University and making them available for reuse by all staff. The program provides not only a cost effective and immediate solution to staff furniture needs, but also offers significant environmental savings. The Re-Use Program was used to set up temporary learning and teaching spaces for students and staff affected by the floods. Through the tireless effort of the Facilities Management Team, a large amount of furniture was also salvaged or sent to auction, or in the case of metals, recycled. Information Technology Services also ensured flood affected IT equipment including mud

We’ve had some brilliant SIPS interns working on various projects in Semester 1. Students were asked to present their work to the sustainability team, the ISD Deputy Director (Mike Hunibell) and the Chair of the Sustainability Committee (Margaret Otlowski). All of us in the audience were blown away by the enthusiasm, passion and high quality of work demonstrated by the students. Projects varied from Lisa’s work on diverting fish from landfill at the Taroona experimental fish facility, to the work done by Faisal, Nina, Ella and Millie K engaging students from diverse groups and backgrounds in conversations about what it would mean to be a sustainable UTAS, to some data crunching by Vicky and Lauren about how we measure environmental and economic savings of furniture re-use. Not only were the student projects fantastic but the staff working with them are also clearly doing a good job if this feedback is anything to go by:

“I’ve never spent time with people that are so deeply passionate, generous, ambitious, determined and intelligent - it is such an incredible environment to be in and it makes me realise the sort of person that I want to be to the people around me.”

www.utas.edu.au/sustainability For updates, including Sustainability Committee information, news and events:

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