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RopeBot – Digital Fabrication from fishing rope

3D item printed using 100% Huon Aquaculture rope

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.

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Let’s Get Together

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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.

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Bushrangers-Biodiversity restoration and education

Greening Australia Bushrangers

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.

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The Hobart Human Library

A Fairer World - The Hobart Human Library

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.

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Energy Wise

Greening Australia and Tasnetworks - Energy Wise

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.

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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

UTAS Cares Coastcare initiative

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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