Sustainability Portal

Grants & Awards

The University of Tasmania has a rich history of awards and grants focusing on sustainability.   


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  • Green Gown Award Australasia – Learning, Teaching and Skills category for the Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS)
  • Green Gown Award Australasia – Student Engagement category for partnership with Source Community Wholefoods on the Sandy Bay campus
  • Green Gown Award Australasia Finalist – Built Environment category for NRAS Inveresk Apartment development
  • Tasmanian Community Achievement Award Finalist – for the 5 year implementation of the UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy
  • Tasmanian Community Achievement Award – as a major partner Sustainable Living Tasmania's Get Bill Smart program
  • Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Finalist – for the 5 year implementation of the UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy
  • Inveresk student apartments complex awarded the Australian Property Institute (Vic/Tas Division) 2016 Excellence in Property ‘Environmental Development Award’ recognising the outstanding treatment of environmental issues in the context of a development project.


  • IMAS – World Environment Day Award Green Building category finalist
  • MobileMuster - Tasmania state award - largest collection of mobile phones and batteries for recycling
  • Planning Institute of Australia – Tasmania branch award for the Sustainable Transport Strategy 2012-2016 and its implementation for the Improving Planning and Practices category
  • The academic operations sustainability integration program (AOSIP) received a Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching supported Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in the 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching
  • IMAS building highly commended by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) 2015 Green Gown Awards Australasia in the inaugural Built Environment category


2014 showcased some major achievements for the University of Tasmania; especially with the introduction of the Institute of Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) building on the Hobart waterfront.

  • Awarded ‐ Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Green Gown Australasia Award – Facilities and Services category for the Sustainable Transport Strategy and Implementation ('Thinking outside the rectangle')
  • Awarded – ACTS Award of Excellence – Individual Staff; Corey Peterson
  • Awarded – ACTS Award of Excellence – Individual Student; Oliver Lovell
  • Highly Commended – ACTS Green Gown Australasia Award – Student Engagement category for the Repower the Tasmanian University Union (TUU) project, which seeks to make the TUU the first student union to be 100% on‐site renewably powered. This recognises the significant support provided by CSD to bring the project to fruition
  • Awarded ‐ Australian Property Institute (Tasmanian Division), Excellence in Property Awards 2014:
    • IMAS Building ‐ Environmental Development Award
    • IMAS Building ‐ Property Development Award
  • Awarded ‐ Master Builders Association (MBA) Tasmania 2014 Excellence Awards:
    • New Construction $20 million to $50 million: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for the IMAS building
    • New Construction $50 million to $100 million: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for the Medical Sciences 2 building
    • Best Use of Glass: John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture for the IMAS building
  • Finalist (winner to be announced 21 November) ‐ Community Achievement Award – EPA Sustainability category for UTAS commitments and efforts with respect to waste minimisation via significant investment in recycling and resource recovery infrastructure and services.


EfS CoP wins VC Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for the Academic-Operations Sustainability Integration Program (AOSIP)

UTAS Sustainability Team wins VC Award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff contributions to teaching and learning

Highly commended for Green Gown award (Teaching and Learning category)

Cycling Promotion Fund – Australian Bicycle Achievement Award for the Sandy Bay campus Bike hub development for both the infrastructure delivered (including future-proofing electric bike charging stations and on-site photovoltaic system) and the design and development process through the AOSIP 


ACTS Award of Excellence (as voted by peer institutions)

Highly commended for Green Gown award (Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change category)



Northern Tasmania Waste Management Group Resource Recovery and Waste Minimisation Grants for promotion of recycling, recycling infrastructure and clean-up event at Inveresk campus ($10,151)


Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant ($18,680) for promotion of recycling, recycling infrastructure and clean-up event at West Park, Burnie

Menzies Institute for Medical Research grant – support for development of a NHMRC Partnership/ARC Linkage grant application focusing on public health outcomes from public transport use ($25,000)


EfS CoP awarded a University of Tasmania Community Engagement Grant [$5000] to advance the EfS CoP to a state-wide network across all sectors as well as explore the opportunities for Tasmania to become a member of the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development


Successful State Government Cycling for Active Transport grant application ($10,000) for bike hub development (Round 2)

Successful Australian Universities Procurement Network (AUPN) grant for sustainable procurement training workshops to be held at both Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses ($5000)


Partner with the Australian Association of Environmental Education in successful Hobart City Council grant application ($5500) for development of a climate monitoring project in conjunction with the UTAS sustainability trail on the Sandy Bay campus, including mobile device app development

Successful Keep Australia Beautiful grant ($7,350) to provide comprehensive recycling infrastructure at University Mowbray Sports and Community Club on the Newnham Campus

Successful Tasmanian Climate Change Office grant to run the award-winning Monash Sustainability Institute's Green Steps program ($26,000)

Conservation Volunteers Australia selects the Newnham Creek project on the University campus to undertake works with weed removal and revegetation with involvement of the Faculty of Education

Successful State Government grant application ($10,000) for bike hub development (Round 1) 

Bike hub development funding ($5000) from a Federal Government Climate Change grant was secured via School of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Derwent Estuary Program-funded stormwater project at the Sandy Bay TUU carpark, including flow retardation systems, reed beds, and gross pollutant traps


First official Academic-Operations Sustainability Integration Program (AOSIP) projects undertaken focusing on energy, transport, waste management and biodiversity, including under the MOU between UTAS and NRM North for eco-efficiency pilot project at the Australian Maritime College (NRM funding of $7000)

School of Geography and Environmental Studies wins Community Engagement Grant for project 'Where on Earth am I? Exploring Sustainability, Interpretive Trail – Sandy Bay Campus Grounds', which created a sustainability trail 


University partners in Green Precinct Project at Inveresk ($33,000 for UTAS activities within $500,000 project) 

Roll-out of public place recycling bin sets at nine priority locations with funds from the Packaging Stewardship Forum ($50,000)