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How you can contribute to our sustainability work

By working together as a University community, we can make our campuses more sustainable. Here are some of the ways you can get involved and help us reach our sustainability targets.

Green Impact

Green Impact is a change and engagement program that encourages staff and students to commit to sustainable actions. These actions will contribute to the University’s sustainability targets and help create a more sustainable future. The program runs from April to the end of September 2021.

How to register for Green Impact

How it works

Green Impact is designed as a friendly team-based competition, with a series of actions organised into bronze, silver and gold categories depending on the action’s impact. Teams can choose to make an impact in energy and emissions, waste reduction, health and wellbeing or biodiversity.

No matter how many actions are completed, all teams are recognised and will win points. The actions can be completed either on campus or at home, so it doesn’t matter if you are working or studying remotely.

Register your team and start taking action

  1. Get a team of 5 – 8 people together, come up with a team name and nominate a team leader. Team members don’t need to be from the same office or course.
  2. Register your team and view the full action list on the Green Impact site.
  3. Explore the Green Impact toolkit and decide on the actions your team wants to undertake. Don’t forgot to upload evidence when your team complete actions - such as photos, screen shots, meeting minutes or certificates. Check out the Green Impact toolkit user guide [PDF] for more information.

All Green Impact participants will receive a monthly newsletter with helpful tips on completing actions and information on sustainability-related events to contribute further towards our sustainability targets.

Join our online Q&A session on Thursday 15 April for a rundown of the program and what actions you can get involved in.

Entry for the Green Impact program is free and registrations close on Friday 30 April.

Acts of Connection

Acts of Connection is a series online webinars and seminars hosted by the same organisation that supports Green Impact, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), and is led by all member universities.

Webinars and seminars encourage and provide guidance on various sustainability-related areas such as a beginners guide to understanding modern slavery, composting and reducing food waste and how to get started in becoming plastic-free.

Acts of Connection is available to all our staff and students during the Green Impact program cycle (April to September). To subscribe to Acts of Connection, register via their online form.

If you have an idea for a webinar or seminar for Acts of Connection, please email the Sustainability Team.

BioQuest - Questagame

BioQuest is a worldwide competition among universities to discover, learn about and help map biodiversity for scientific research and conservation. BioQuest kicks off on 1 April 2021 and again on 2 August 2021 with the game lasting for a month each time.

How it works

Teams across the University, will photograph, identify and share sighting of plants and animals. The more you identify, the more points for your team!

BioQuest isn't location specific, so even if you are working or studying from home you can get out and about in your local suburbs and upload your sightings.

The collected biodiversity data is shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Atlas of Living Australia helping researchers, agencies, students and communities learn about Australia's biodiversity.

Register your participation

Teams are randomly assigned so all you have to do is complete the online application form up by 1 April.