The Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program (AOSIP) provides opportunities for the University's infrastructure and operational sustainability activities to enhance the academic program with an active learning laboratory in sustainability.
AOSIP projects have involved students from a number of schools and institutes, including the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Land and Food, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Engineering and ICT, and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.
Academic involvement is mostly through the Education for Sustainability Community of Practice.
View videos about the AOSIP. Here are a few recent AOSIP projects:
Sustainable transport data collection and analysis
In 2010-12, School of Geography & Environmental Studies masters students conducted data entry and analysis of sustainable transport data from the Sandy Bay campus which informed the development of the UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy 2012-2016.
In 2012-13, a masters student undertook the inaugural University Travel Behaviour Survey (TBS). With nearly 4000 respondents, the survey has informed key performance indicators (KPIs) to track success of transport initiatives enumerated in the sustainable transport strategy. Students from the School of Engineering and ICT, and from the School of Land and Food continue to participate in transport data collection through pedestrian, bike and motorcycle movement counts. The 2015 TBS is also an AOSIP project.
A second bike hub was developed for the Inveresk campus in 2012-13 using the same student-involved process, providing the same innovative elements, and attracting repeat state and local government support.
Designs for more bike hubs at various campuses have been the subject over various engineering classes in 2014-15.
Bike parking infrastructure development
Students from the School of Architecture and Design regularly participate in the design and construction of bicycle end of trip facilities. In 2011-12, through the Launceston Assistance and Research Centre, students were given a brief to design bike lockers for installation on University campuses. The students worked through the process from concept design through to manufacture; the first set of working bike lockers was installed on the Sandy Bay campus in February 2012, and are available for hire by University staff and students.
A more extensive bike hub was completed in October 2012. The bike hub project includes a photovoltaic system, electric bike recharging stations and a fully equipped bike repair station. The bike hub was considered innovative enough to attract the maximum possible ($10,000) from the State Government cycling infrastructure grant fund. The bike hub was formally opened by the Honourable Nick McKim, Minister for Sustainable Transport at an event hosted by the Vice-Chancellor. Read more about the bike hub launch event.
A second bike hub was developed for the Inveresk campus in 2012-13 using the same student-involved process, providing the same innovative elements and attracting repeat state and local government support.
Sustainability behaviour change activities
Annually since 2011, students from a range of areas have been involved in helping organise activities as part of the August Sustainability Month as well as activities focused on carbon emission awareness, sustainable transport and health.
Since 2011, students from Geography and Environmental Studies have conducted annual waste audits on rubbish and recycling bins from around the University's Sandy Bay campus. The information collected has been useful in determining recycling infrastructure service levels and developing the scope of works for a statewide waste services tender as well as determining the success of new recycling infrastructure provision.
Sandy Bay campus University Reserve Management Plan
This case study was completed in December 2012 and serves as a guiding document for UTAS operational staff in managing the University Reserve on the Sandy Bay campus to maximise its biodiversity and educational potential.
Peak Oil Risk Assessment and Response Stage 1
In 2011-2012, students and academic staff from a range of disciplines worked with operational staff and community groups to undertake a risk assessment to the University of Tasmania from Peak Oil. Contributors and participants came from the Education for Sustainability Community of Practice, including Business, Geography and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences, Government, Tasmania Institute of Agriculture, CRC Forestry and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. This is the first report of its kind from a university that focuses on peak oil impacts to the institution itself.
Sustainability management planning
In 2011,the Natural Resource Management (NRM) North/UTAS Sustainability Eco-efficiency Fellowship project, supported two students to develop a sustainability management plan for the main Australian Maritime College building and to provide information to use as a case study for Tasmanian businesses.
Study of wind turbine capability
Supported by data-gathering infrastructure paid for and installed by UTAS Sustainability, a third-year student from the School of Engineering investigated the theoretical output of a wind turbine for possible use at UTAS Accommodation Services. The WindSpot 3.5kW turbine had been donated to the University and the student was investigating whether or not the wind turbine would be viable if it were installed on the Sandy Bay Accommodation Services site.
Ideas for projects or for more information
If you have ideas for projects or activities, or would like to find out more about the Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program, please contact Corey Peterson, Sustainability Manager on +61 3 6226 6203.
Primary voluntary strategic AOSIP academic advisors: Geoff Clark, Aidan Davison, Anna Lyth, Sandy Murray, Emma Pharo and Kristin Warr.