Rural Clinical School

Sustainability Initiatives

During 2011 several ornamental shrubs on the eastern side of the building were replaces with fruiting trees, bushes and herbs. These have provided an increasingly productive harvest each year for the benefit of staff and students. (first harvest pictured below)

Dr Nick Towle with the harvest from an RCS fruit tree

New bins were introduced in 2012 to allow staff and students to separate recyclable material from landfill waste. Consideration is now being given to appropriate strategies for separating and making use of green waste.

Dr Nick Towle conducting a ‘waste audit’ at the RCSCorey Peterson, UTAS Sustainability Manager, with new RCS bins

Dr Nick Towle, Clinical Medical Education Advisor and Sustainability Officer, is supported by a team of administrative and academic staff in researching and implementing a range of sustainability endeavours.

Sustainability considerations extend into some of our procurement practices, including for example, purchase of carbon neutral copying paper.

Associate Professor Peter Arvier and Mrs Renee Harvey have established and provide ongoing support for a regular ride/walk to work activity.  Staff and students who cycle or walk to work are provided with a breakfast at the RCS. This provides a dual showcase for promoting healthy and sustainable living. To enable this to happen one undercover car parking area was transformed to become a bike parking area for multiple bikes

Walk/Cycle to work day at the RCS

More information on UTAS wide initiatives that have been adopted can be found on the UTAS Sustainability site.