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Natural Environment at UTAS

The University of Tasmania acknowledges that environmental protection and sustainability are key priorities in the way the University operates’ and aims for net positive environmental outcomes, with one of the main objectives being to maintain and improve biodiversity in an ecologically appropriate manner in consultation with the various University communities.

This objective has been addressed so far through:

  • The inclusion of the protection and enhancement of the natural environment as a key element for the University Reserve’s fire management plan (Sandy Bay campus). The plan includes suppression of weeds and encouraging endemic flora and fauna communities
  • Significant multi-year efforts delivering protection and improvement of Newnham Creek (Newnham campus)
  • Feral animal and weed control, as well as protection of penguin nesting habitat, at West Park campus.
  • Installation of the largest green roof in Tasmania on the new building at West Park campus, using plants with local provenance (that is seed collected and grown out locally before planting on the roof)
  • Conducting Bioblitzes on our campuses (that is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time or a biological census)
  • Inclusion of natural areas into the campus sustainability trails, with explanatory signage for local threatened species found in the area.
  • Creation of a series of species hotels to help restore habitats for local wildlife (including threatened species) by first year Architecture and Design students.
  • Establishment of the Tasmanian University and Community Landcare Society, and the Biological Sciences Club.
  • Inclusion of natural environment-focused projects in the International Green Gown Award-winning Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS).