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UTAS wins International Award for work with EfS Tasmania

Award Winning Education for Sustainability Tasmania

The University of Tasmania brings home top honours in the International Green Gown Awards! 

UTAS has received the Community Award in recognition of their involvement and support of Education for Sustainability Tasmania towards supporting community connections and sustainability outcomes in Tasmania.

Education for Sustainability Tasmania: a UN-recognised Regional Centre of Expertise – a new kid on the block

Recognition of EfS Tasmania: a United Nations-recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in 2015 resulted from University of Tasmania leadership within our community to recognise sustainability leaders and establish a state-wide network of Tasmanian sustainability partners delivering initiatives across education and research, community, business and government. The ongoing activities associated with EfS Tasmania helps deliver on the University commitment as a Talloires Declaration signatory to incorporate sustainability literacy into teaching and learning as well as our broad-based community engagement and partnership activities in sustainability.

Top 3 learnings:

  1. A sustainable society is nurtured through a culture that promotes a continued stream of mentoring and learning throughout life and across generations, be it through formal education institutions, workplace training or community outreach.
  2. Partnerships are a motivating force towards change, empowering people and groups to take action, take part in decision-making processes and work together to build capacity in sustainable development.
  3. Working together locally, towards a common goal of sustainability, helps people connect to place and build a stronger, interconnected cultural identity based on mutual respect.

The Green Gown Awards

The winners of the International Green Gown Awards were presented at an Awards Ceremony in Marseille, France – part of a unique global gathering ‘Global Responsibility, Now’ – in partnership with Global Responsible Leadership Initiative, UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, the Global Alliance of Sustainability Networks and Kedge Business School.

Established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the education sector globally, the International Green Gown Awards provide benchmarks for excellence and are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and are supported by the UN, national governments and education bodies. The bilingual Ceremony, hosted by Patricia Cortijo, Manager of Campus Responsables and delivery partner for Les Trophées des campus responsables, and Iain Patton, CEO of EAUC and delivery partner for the International Green Gown Awards, crowned the International Green Gown Awards winners. The winners were presented with their trophies by Monika MacDevette, Deputy Director, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment.

The other finalists in this category: