Green Impact Australasian Awards

Green Impact Australasia Awards celebrate the innovations and innovators in sustainability by our regional Green Impact participants. Each of our finalists has been recognised by their respective institutions as individual or team champions as part of the Green Impact program, and are in the running to win one of three Australasian Awards.

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 Green Impact program cycle.

Winner

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    Cathy Walker

    Waste Watchers
    University of Tasmania

     

    Cathy Walker is an inspirational sustainability leader for staff, students and the broader community. In all of her projects, Cathy goes beyond usual boundaries, to ensure she is empowering, championing and supporting inclusive sustainability. One part of Cathy’s role is to host regular lunches for students, Cathy not only sources local, healthy and seasonal food for events, but she also supports the local Neighbourhood House by hiring them for catering. Cathy enables a significant reduction in waste to landfill by providing reusable crockery for students and staff at events, as well as for day to day use on campus that people can borrow and bring back. Cathy not only practices sustainability, she communicates the decisions she is making with students and staff to include them in the sustainability journey. Communicating how she practices sustainability allows her to share her skills and knowledge, and to empower and enable students and staff to be part of this change.

    Cathy prioritises the welfare of students and is quick to celebrate and promote their work in creating behaviour change campaigns on campus. Cathy is a founding member of the Cradle Coast Campus Environmental Sustainability working group a formal working group of the University’s Sustainability Committee.

    Cathy goes above and beyond as the only staff member in her Green Impact team. For the past two years, Cathy’s team has won our overall Green Impact award and achieved Gold both years. Many people have been influenced by the team’s work and have started engaging with sustainability because they can see the work Cathy and her student colleague Davina practice, leadership in action at their campus.

    Participating in Green Impact, Cathy found helped build links throughout the wider Northwest Coast community as well as strengthening partnerships within the UTAS community.

Finalists

  • Karen Moller

    Library Green Machine
    The University of Newcastle

  • Kathryn Mistica

    Green Footprint
    The University of Melbourne

  • Klara Janickova

    MissionS
    University of Technology Sydney

  • Nancy Torres

    MCIC Green
    UNSW Sydney

  • Raukura Chadwick

    MCIC Green
    Victoria University of Wellington

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

  • Daniel Hempel

    PVCE
    UNSW Sydney

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    Peta White

    Viridescent Green
    Deakin University

  • 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 Green Impact program cycle.

Winner

  • Richard Siu

    IT Services
    University of Tasmania

     

    Richard Siu is a sustainability leader for both staff and students at UTAS through sharing his knowledge and enabling behaviour change. Richard is studying ICT and works part-time while studying in the IT Services team. Richard noticed that the printers at UTAS were not set to sleep while not in use, in his own time he researched and presented the case to the Director of University Services for the costs and benefits of changing the setting on all printers to sleep mode between 6pm and 7am and all A3 printers to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. A printer in sleep mode uses 5-10% of the power it uses in standby mode. A conservative estimate is that Richard’s small change will save 43936.9kWh this year, with no disruption to printing.

    Richard donates time to wiping out of warranty University laptops for donation to students in need through the student union, students who have been identified as experiencing financial hardship. To formalise this work Richard volunteered to assist in writing a technical procedure for IT Services staff to clear laptops for donation to allow more to be donated. Richard created and led their Green Impact team in 2019 and 2020.

    Together with Eve Gowen, Richard is a founding member of the UTAS students’ Zero Waste Society. One example project, Richard led the South Cape to clean up on the remote south coast of Tasmania in September 2020. To organise the trip Richard collaborated with UTAS Bushwalking Club so that students from both societies could borrow backpacks and other camping and bushwalking equipment for free. Over 2 days the students collected (and physically carried out) 27kgs of rubbish from remote beaches. Richard entered the data into Taronga Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database contributing to citizen science research. The students further marked the GPS location and contacted Parks and Wildlife Service who were able to send a helicopter to collect two large items that the students were unable to carry out of the National Park. The trip was incredibly important for the students’ well-being as the students were emerging from COVID lockdown and experiencing isolation from families overseas. The success of this trip led to clean-ups in collaboration with local councils.

    Richard is very passionate about waste and collects IT Services soft plastics when new IT labs and individual computers are set up and drops this for soft plastics recycling.

Finalists

  • Reem Almasri

    Global Green Chain
    UNSW Sydney

  • Ryan Matthew Fisher

    GreenSPACE
    The University of Melbourne

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

  • Madeleine Ford

    Madeleine Ford

    Green Health
    The University of Western Australia

  • Sanjna Ullal

    Monash Sustainable Development Institute
    Monash University

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

  • GreenSPACE

    The University of Melbourne

     

    In 2020, GreenSPACE held a calling party where the team spent a week researching the implications of Scot Morrison’s gas-fuelled ‘recovery’ plan and wrote a script, agenda and a list of MPs and Senators all over the country. They held events to teach their peers about the issue, and together, call their MPs with their opposition to the gas plan. In addition to this, our team wrote an Open Letter to Parliament whereby through a series of engagement activities, a single-page open letter with academics’ signatures, chancellery and other faculties and departments of the University got involved to call upon the Government to take action on climate change. Statements included the severe devastation that climate change causes, how the economy would retract under this global disaster and how new opportunities in funding, renewables and jobs could be a new way forward. The letter also included a focus on a sustainable future where renewables are the key source of our energy production. Our team also organised a series of virtual workshops for the department that ran for an hour every Tuesday afternoon, once a fortnight in October and one was centred around climate change and a Climate Reality presentation given by our team member Camilla.

    These initiatives engaged our department and wider Green Impact team members to not only get on board with Climate Activism but also to empower individuals to make a positive change. They also taught people about the importance of getting involved with and learning about politics and ensuring that we stand up for what is right. People within our department also learnt about climate change and how it is very little in the political space that is being done around this in Australia. This also empowered our staff members to get involved with sustainability more around their homes and when they return to the campus.

Finalists

  • Global Green Chain

    UNSW Sydney

  • Library Green Zone

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Up the Hill

    University of Tasmania

Winner

  • Eco Heroes

    The University of Melbourne

    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

  • Evergreens

    The University of Adelaide

  • Green Eyed MonStars

    La Trobe University

  • Sustainability 407+

    Monash University