There are lots of different ways for students to get involved with the Sustainability Integration Program for Students:
1. Teacher-directed in-class activities
In-class activities are determined by your course coordinator. These activities are directly related to class assessment tasks. Previous examples include:
- collecting data on campus movement counts (KNE111/346)
- campus waste audits (KGA223, KGA381)
- bike infrastructure design (KNE346, KNE211, KDA236/336, KDA383/384)
- University reserve biodiversity management plans (var. geography units)
- sustainability frameworks for UTAS (BFA527)
2. Student-directed in-class assignments
Students can choose to use campus sustainability related issues as the focus of course assessment. For example:
- Students in KGA223 and KNE346 have to do a group assignment that deals with an environmental management problem. Many groups choose to do campus based projects. Past projects have included:
- Developing a UTAS Bird Trail
- Reducing paper cup usage at UTAS
- Designing and planning a Renewable Energy Array on the University Farm.
- Students in various journalism classes have chosen to focus on communicating about campus sustainability issues and or events.
3. Research projects
Throughout your university degree there will be many opportunities for you to engage in research practice. Some students choose to use these opportunities to think more deeply about campus sustainability. For example:
- Third year (multidisciplinary research project) – Peak Oil Risk Assessment for UTAS
- Honours project – Campus food waste
- Masters – Perceptions of recycling activities at UTAS (currently underway)
- PhD – Sea level rise and risk assessment for UTAS
Check out the list of projects and see whether there are any interesting research projects currently on offer. Or get in touch if you have a new idea.
For some students, there may not be an opportunity to link assessment to campus sustainability. An internship is a fantastic opportunity to put your skills to use outside of the classroom. There are many different ways that you can do an internship through SIPS:
5. SIPS Fellowship
Are you a student with ideas beyond the projects we’ve got listed? Perhaps you’ve had a burning desire to learn more about how the University could implement a new project. Do you need someone to back you, mentor you and provide some funds?
The SIPS Fellowship is a program designed to help you bring to life these wild visions. Fellowships are granted to people with initiative, vision and enormous enthusiasm and passion for their project.
We’re piloting this project in Semester 1, 2017 and all going well will be formally launching the project in Semester 20, 2017.
6. SIPS internships
To help achieve a number of our sustainability goals, SIPS Internships are offered regularly throughout the year. Infrastructure Services & Development (ISD) at UTAS is responsible for a range of strategic and operational functions relating to the University's built environment and campus services. The sustainability team works within ISD on a variety of different campus sustainability projects. Previous projects have included:
- an energy audit of student accommodation and a report recommending various sustainability retrofits presented to ISD staff
- developing and running the UTAS Ride to Uni breakfast
- assisting in the development and roll out of a campus furniture recycling scheme.
These are paid internship positions.
What happens to student work?
To begin with, the work that you do will most likely sit in our database of student reports. As we get the time, we will use your work to further develop projects and proposals to be passed to senior management.
In previous years, students from a variety of disciplines have worked on various aspects of the Dobson Road Bike Hub. Students collected data, analysed the data, designed the structure, developed the launch and wrote the media releases. This project was over two years in the making requiring budget approval, ensuring stakeholders were consulted and involved, writing grant applications, doing the grant paperwork and so on; all this takes time but would not have been possible without the student work.
How can we help?
The sustainability team is keen to support students in a variety of different ways. While it depends on the project, the ways we can help include:
- the provision of data
- more detailed explanations of the projects we need completing
- access to people and resources (depending on the project)
- expert advice
- general enthusiasm and encouragement.
It is important to remember that while the sustainability team will do their best to help you, their primary job is to execute campus sustainability requirements. They will not always be able to get back to your email instantly and depending on the project and how it fits current priorities we may have more or less time to help you out.