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)
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, 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.
Dr Nick Towle also provides ongoing support for a regular ride/walk to work activity where staff and students who cycle or walk to work are provided with a breakfast at the RCS. This provides a showcase for the promotion of healthy and sustainable living.
More information on UTAS wide initiatives that have been adopted can be found on the UTAS Sustainability site.