Sustainability at the Rural Clinical School (RCS) involves both staff and students and is aimed at improving our day to day practices as well as lead change in our region. The RCS enjoys the support of the wider UTAS community in adopting and improving our sustainability initiatives.
In 2009 the University of Tasmania became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration (TD). The TD is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. It has been signed by over 350 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries. More information on UTAS wide initiatives that have been adopted can be found on the Environmental Management site.
Staff at the RCS have been proactive in seeking to embed sustainability into our practice and culture.
A recent initiative has been the introduction of new waste bins that allow staff and students to separate rubbish appropriately. Staff also collect food scraps for recycling back through chooks or compost 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. Ms Veronica Moore was instrumental in leading an initiative where ornamental shrubs were replaced with fruiting trees, berry bushes and herbs that are enjoyed by staff and students alike.
In another initiative, 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 all staff have accepted the transformation of one undercover car parking area to become a bike parking area for multiple bikes.
Authorised by the Director, Rural Clinical School
17 June, 2011