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Month: November 2016

Creating a recycling culture

Launceston Church Grammar student learning about waste

Launceston Church Grammar School is building a recycling culture in their school by promoting good disposal practices and introducing co-mingled recycling and composting infrastructure. They are now spending $30,000 less each year in skip bin disposal costs.  The junior and secondary schools and the boarding house now recycle well and less contamination is seen as students, staff and parents learn about how to avoid waste and recycle and compost more effectively.

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Inspiring, facilitating and celebrating sustainable food systems and communities

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Source Community Wholefoods Cooperative is a fantastic initiative on the University of Tasmania Hobart campus. Source was initiated in 2005 by a group of students & community members interested in creating a more sustainable future.  Source provides a place to explore social and environmental issues, acting as a living example of urban sustainability that encourages community involvement and creativity.

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UTAS CARES

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UTAS CARES is a notable initiative whereby UTAS staff and students develop collaborative arrangements with community volunteer groups, including CoastCare, Wildcare, Bushcare, Landcare and NRM South.

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Students rehabilitation Flagstaff Gully Creek

Students Bunji and Peter rehabilitating Flagstaff Gully Creek

In a real-life learning opportunity with environmental benefits, TasTAFE Conservation and Land Management students have rehabilitated bushfire-damaged habitat adjacent to their Clarence Campus. The area provides habitat and food for the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot, as well as numerous insects, mammals and birds, but was severely damaged by bushfire in 2006.

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Children share their ideas about play spaces

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Play is more than just fun for babies and children, it is how they learn and develop. So how can we create spaces that inspire them to develop their imagination, dexterity and physical, social, spiritual, cognitive and emotional strength? Who better to ask than the children themselves, the experts in their own play. The Northern Tasmania Early Years Group in association with the University of Tasmania, Communities for Children and Anglicare Tasmania ran a research project to investigate how best to gather input from these mini experts (aged between 3 to 12 years) and how to build fantastic play spaces.

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Growing on Common Ground

Common Ground sustainable enterprise participants Darren Evans and Amanda

The Common Ground model provides quality, long-term and affordable housing and support services to people who were previously homeless and low wage earners. In collaboration with TasTAFE, tenants at Common Ground’s Campbell Street and Goulburn Street facilities in Hobart have been given the skills to establish sustainable enterprises including growing vegetables and cooking healthy food.

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Learning on the job!

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Since 2011 the University of Tasmania has enabled over 1050 students to undertake and participate in initiatives that deliver operational sustainability outcomes for the University while earning academic course credits or via paid competitive internships. A number of awards have been won for the initiatives.

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Tasmanian Students Against Racism

Tasmanian Students Against Racism

Tasmanian Students Against Racism is a group of students who came to Australia as refugees and migrants from a diversity of countries and personal circumstances. In collaboration with TasTafe and A Fairer World they share their stories through the Living in Between Program, to create a better understanding about why asylum seekers, refugees and migrants settle in Tasmania and how it feels to live in a new country.

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