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: Community Education
Thanks to everyone who attended our Statewide Local Steps Towards Global Goals workshops and helped make them a fantastic success. We have received very positive feedback and interest from the media, and look forward to working with you all again in the future. You can see a summary of our presenters (and their contact details) here and please let us know if you would like to make contact with other people from the workshop and we’ll try to put you in touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each year, global leaders in environmental thought provide a free lecture in Hobart. The Richard Jones Memorial Lecture, as it is known, is hosted by the Richard Jones Memorial Lecture Committee, the Student Environmental Law Society and Sustainable Living Tasmania.
The Range Extension Database and Mapping project, more commonly known as REDMAP is a fantastic University of Tasmania and IMAS collaboration. It provides people with the opportunity to share sightings of marine species that are ‘uncommon’ to their local seas.