The University of Tasmania has just received the Green Gown Australasia 2017 Community Award for facilitating the establishment of Education for Sustainability Tasmania. We are all very proud of this Award and feel very honoured to be recognised. Thanks University of Tasmania for helping to draw together a network of such amazing leaders in sustainability research, training and education.
Category: All endorsed initiatives
Edu.Cat is an exciting new Australian Curriculum aligned feline education program focusing on fostering responsible cat ownership with the aim to create social change in how people care for cats and protect wildlife. The program is free and available to all schools in Tasmania. It includes Science STEM challenges, incursions, teacher guidebooks, activity plans, student workbooks, posters, online resources and more.
After many years of experimentation and tinkering, RopeBot has discovered a way to up-cycle discarded rope from fisheries into usable filament for 3D printing. There is an endless range of items that can be 3D printed, from replacement parts for home appliances and vehicles, to brand new products of all imaginable sizes and shapes.
Let’s Get Together is designed for schools wanting to partner with their students and the wider community to create a more respectful school environment. The program addresses discrimination by building ‘diversity competence’ in students. It also motivates students to address bullying behaviours and become agents for change.
The Bushrangers Program involves both rural and urban Tasmanian schools supporting the large scale on-ground restoration work in the Midlands Biodiversity Hot Spot. Students are assisting restoration ecologists, scientists from the University of Tasmania and farmers with research into genetic diversity of local provenance seed and wildlife monitoring, to assess native and feral animal movement patterns in the fragmented landscapes of the Midlands. This animal-centric approach to plant conservation provides an exciting opportunity for a meaningful curriculum.
The Hobart Human Library delivers diversity education workshops in schools and workplaces to address discrimination and bullying through the power of personal storytelling. It is a library with a difference – the books are real, living people who have been trained to tell their stories. Human libraries are used around the world as a simple way to challenge stereotypes and build empathy. They do this by providing a comfortable space for people to speak with a ‘book’ who has encountered discrimination because of their culture, religion, refugee background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability.
Energy Wise is a partnership with Greening Australia and TasNetworks. The three-year program will see the development of secondary Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Units and resources on energy literacy. In addition, an energy hub for visiting schools will provide resources for classes at the Sustainability Learning Centre from mid 2017.
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.
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.
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.
An annual Festival run by Sustainable Living Tasmania with demonstrations, practical workshops and in-depth discussions designed to help people learn to live more sustainably.
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.
In acknowledgement that they are nurturing, challenging and inspiring future environmental leaders and community members, the Launceston Church Grammar School has made a formal commitment to embed sustainability in teaching.
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.
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.