U Tas and RMIT lead at environmental awards

The University of Tasmania and RMIT lead the winners in this year’s green gowns and awards for excellence, announced last night by Australasian Campuses towards Sustainability.

In the Built Environment category the winning project is student apartments at the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk campus, which ACTS describes as “sustainable in every sense.” The project was funded in part by the Rudd Government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme.

Other winners are:

Creating impact: UNSW for a battery recycling project

Community: University of Tasmania for a programme on education for sustainability

Continuous improvement, institutional change: University of Southern Queensland for embedding sustainability practise

Facilities and services: RMIT, for converting a basement car park into a bike hub. There’s space for 400 plus showers and change rooms for riders plus repair stations and e-bike charging

Learning, teaching and skills: RMIT’s study tour of UN sustainable development goals in Vietnam

Student engagement: University of Adelaide for the student created and run Sustainability Association

Staff excellence: Rachael Goddard, environment and sustainability manager at the University of Waikato

Student excellence: Sophie Lamond, for “creating a community of practice working on transforming campus food environments” at the University of Melbourne


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