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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

International recognition for Uni’s green initiatives

The University of Newcastle recently picked up three of the eight 2020 Australasian Green Gown Awards in the categories of climate action, benefiting society and student engagement.

The institution’s efforts to become a carbon-neutral uni, improve physical and mental wellbeing of girls and create better spaces for disadvantaged women and children have all been recognised by the event organiser, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

The winning entries from the University of Newcastle included ‘Sustainability Reimagined’ by the infrastructure and facilities services team (Climate Action); ‘Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered’ by the School of Education (Benefitting Society); and ‘out(fit)’ by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (Student Engagement).

Both the ‘Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered’ and ‘out(fit)’ submissions were victorious in global categories and will go on to be considered for the International Awards next year.

Two other programs from the University of Newcastle were shortlisted as finalists: ‘Hunter Water Story’ by the School of Education (Benefitting Society) and ‘Germinate – May Contain Seeds’ by the School of Architecture (Creating Impact).

University of Newcastle Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Excellence Professor Jennifer Milam congratulated the winners.

“I’m incredibly proud of the five teams for being chosen as finalists,” she said.

“The fact that three of them won in their categories is a bonus.

“These initiatives are a great demonstration of our commitment to sustainability as well as an inspiring example for our students.

“Each project displayed a high degree of innovation and all of them involved meaningful engagement with various communities during their inception and development.”

The Green Gown Awards represent the most prestigious recognition of sustainability activities within the tertiary education sector.

The Australasian Awards, open to all tertiary education institutions in Australia and New Zealand, were started in 2004 and brought to Australasia in 2010 to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability.

The full list of winners and highly commended is available on the Green Gown Awards website.