Excellence in sustainability achieved by two University of Tasmania projects has taken out top accolades at the prestigious 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia, held in Melbourne.
The University’s Inveresk Student Apartments won the Built Environment section of the awards, recognised for innovation, as well as environmental, economical and social sustainability.
The ‘University of Tasmania Education for Sustainability (EfS) Tasmania: a UN-recognised Regional Centre of Expertise – a new kid on the block project’ was also a winner in the Community section of the awards.
Ongoing activities associated with EfS Tasmania are part of the University’s commitment to incorporating sustainability literacy into teaching and learning, as well as broad-based community engagement and partnership activities in sustainability.
University of Tasmania student Thomas Crawford was also highly commended in the ACTS Award of Excellence- Student category.
Mr Crawford is a past President of the University’s Environment Collective and a key member of Source Community Wholefoods, the on-campus cooperative cafe and sustainability education centre.
He helped secure a $5000 City of Hobart grant to establish a community composting hub as a model for future organics waste management in southern Tasmania and is now a paid student intern with the University of Tasmania sustainability team, developing a proposal for an on-campus digester.
Part of an international awards scheme, The Green Gown Awards Australasia are dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability within the tertiary education sector in Australasia, showing how Australasian institutions are leading the way in delivering innovative and practical solutions to today’s challenges.