|Submission Date||July 15, 2020|
University of Tasmania
EN-5: Outreach Campaign
|4.00 / 4.00||
Infrastructure Services and Development
Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Name of the campaign:
A brief description of the campaign:
"The University of Tasmania run energy conservation competitions for on-campus residences between 2011 and 2017 with the following aims:
- To raise awareness among students living on campus to energy consumption and excessive consumption practices
- Educate students living on campus on how to reduce energy use or create efficiencies
- To reduce the amount of energy consumed by residents over the course of the energy challenge month
- To instil energy saving/mindful practices in residents living on campus
During the month, activities were offered to support students to reduce their energy consumption. Activities included:
- Face book posts to go up on the accommodation page on energy saving tips
- Candle light trivia 20 questions on sustainability related issues
- Sustainable Cooking Workshops"
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
To measure the impact of the campaign, the University compared each residence energy consumption the same month in the previous year to consumption during the month of the competition. Energy consumption was adjusted for occupancy and heating degree days for each month.
Electricity consumption decreased by 6% during the month of the competition in relation to the same month in the previous year (baseline), hence the campaign led to a measurable, positive sustainability impact
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
"Green Impact is a change and engagement program – it helps people understand sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference, and supports them in achieving these actions. Green Impact was developed by the National Union of Students (NUS) in the United Kingdom where it has been run for 10 years, with over 20,000 people actively participating.
The Green Impact Program is designed to celebrate, inspire and recognise the contributions of both professional and academic staff at the University. Green Impact is an opportunity for staff at the University to:
- take practical action to improve the sustainability of their campuses
- collaborate with peers they may not usually work with
- learn about current sustainability initiatives of the University
- engage in new and creative activities with an element of competition.
Each organisation that uses the Green Impact model develops their own bespoke program creating a simple but sophisticated online tool to guide and monitor people’s progress together with a dynamic, engaging support package which is then delivered in collaboration with students and supported by Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), creating a community of people working together towards common, agreed goals"
A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Participant teams and individuals identify the actions they want to complete, gather evidence, and log their actions and earn points. Actions and evidence are audited by trained students.
During the pilot year (2018), 32 individuals in 8 teams completed 70 actions.
In the second year of the program (2019), participation increased to 100 individuals across 15 teams, who completed 232 actions
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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