Green Impact Australasian Awards

This year, we are delighted to launch the very first Green Impact Australasia Awards to celebrate the innovations and innovators in sustainability by our regional Green Impact participants. Each of our finalists have been recognised by their respective institutions as individual or team champions as part of the 2019 Green Impact program.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists of our first Green Impact Awards Australasia.

Staff Champion

Green Impact Staff Champions are individuals that have worked hard to complete toolkit actions as part of a Green Impact team, as well as implement initiatives that have had a positive impact on the sustainability achievements of their institution or beyond. Each of our finalists was originally nominated by peers for their exceptional efforts, and were recipients of a Champion or Hero Award at their institution as part of the 2019 Green Impact program cycle.

WINNER

Annie McKillop
Greenarians

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Annie has a vision of making sustainability a regular part of people’s roles and of Library staff potentially being able to bring about systematic change at a more strategic level. Annie’s many achievements include organising for staff to take part in the ‘Living Labs’ project. This is a partnership between AUT (Jeff Silby) and Ngāti Whātua o Orakei on regenerating their land at Orakei with native trees. Annie arranged a meeting for interested staff to find out further information. She has organised for people to be allowed to take half a day staff development leave to attend this event as well as transportation.

FINALISTS

Peta White
Viridescent Green

Deakin University

Daniel Hempel
PVCE

UNSW Sydney

Tess Tuxford
Victoria Amazonica

Victoria University of Wellington

Student Champion

Green Impact Student Champions are students that have worked hard to complete toolkit actions as part of a Green Impact team, as well as implement initiatives that have had a positive impact on the sustainability achievements of their institution or beyond. Each of our finalists was originally nominated by peers for their exceptional efforts, and were recipients of a Champion or Hero Award at their institution as part of the 2019 Green Impact program cycle.

WINNER

Chester James-Smith
Rural Clinical School

University of Tasmania

Chester has motivated more fellow students to engage in sustainability initiatives than any student before him. These include campus greening activities, from creating herb gardens to planting native trees and he has helped fellow students to get riding by sharing knowledge and skills in bike maintenance.

By far his greatest achievement has been to motivate peers to engage in a wide range of sustainability endeavours and encourage behaviour change. He revved up our ride to work days by planning and preparing hot breakfasts to reward staff and students for their participation. Chester has led a student team to meet with political representatives on addressing climate change and health, and motivating many more to join the School Strike for Climate. He has planned and overseen the construction of an innovative bench seat, bathtub worm farm, which has inspired many staff to want to construct more on campus.

FINALISTS

George He
Advancing Research

The University of Melbourne

Sanjna Ullal
Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Monash University

Madeleine Ford
Green Health

The University of Western Australia

Engagement Innovation

The Engagement Innovation Award recognises the creativity, innovation and impact of Green Impact teams working to engage staff, students and their local community in sustainability activities, above and beyond the requirements of toolkit actions. Our finalists represent the winning teams from their respective institutions for this category (or equivalent) and have demonstrated leadership for engagement and positive change through the Green Impact program.

WINNER

The Eco Heroes Green Impact Team organised an Eco Heroes Action Week 2019, August 12–16. Throughout this week the team actively engaged the University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre children, teachers and families in actions including RideOrWalk2ELC morning breakfasts, local community rubbish collection, planting experiences, mindful nature drawing, nude food campaign and Clothing & Book swap.

The Eco Heroes Action Week was designed to increase the reach and impact that sustainable actions by encouraging children, families and teachers (approximately 20 teachers and 189 families) to be involved. The event also promotes different ways in which people can easily integrate environmentally focussed activities into their daily lives and brings with it a sense of positive community action.

FINALISTS

Green Eyed MonStars
La Trobe University

Sustainability 407+
Monash University