Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.80
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date June 2, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Sustainability Bulletin is a regular newsletter that focuses specifically on campus sustainability, it is published by the Sustainability Team and includes news and stories from staff and students across the University. The Bulletin is accessible both internally and among the wider community. Staff and students can subscribe to the Bulletin via the Sustainability Portal's dedicated page (www.utas.edu.au/sustainability/sustainability-bulletin).
Students and staff within the Sustainability Team also coordinate a Facebook page 'Students for a Sustainable UTAS' (www.facebook.com/StudentsforaSustainableUTAS) and an Instagram account 'utassustainablestudents' (www.instagram.com/utassustainablestudents/).
We also run weekly internal newsletters for students (Green Impact Students) and monthly staff (Green Impact Staff).


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

On campus, our major signage highlights sustainability features on campus including bike parking, water refill stations and bus shelters, an example from the Sandy Bay campus guide. The University of Tasmania also has a number of specific signs highlighting sustainability features on campus. Some examples are: Recycling Wall directional and educational signs, Sandy Bay Natural Reserve signs, water-sensitive urban design signs on Sandy Bay campus, signage on the main Sandy Bay campus mall water station, signage on the Dobson Road bike hub explaining how it was done; signage for the seawater heat exchange system at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.
On the Thomas Crawford trail, plant signs identify the native species found on the trail. The trail was created by Thomas Crawford for the benefit of students and staff to enjoy the beauty and appreciate the native plants and animals that struck him during his time at the University. The University’s campuses are home to unique and threatened species, and this is one place on campus where you can take time to enjoy a break and explore.


Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The virtual Sustainability Tour explores how features of the University of Tasmania campuses support sustainability. Each point on the tour is mapped to a UN SDG, visitors to the feature can read about how the feature relates to the UN SDGs, for example how the provision of free drinking water through water bottle refill stations on campus reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. The tour covers information about the University’s passive solar building designs, transport features such as bike racks and bus shelters, Recycling Walls, aspects of social and cultural sustainability, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, native plants and water mangagement as well as other interesting facts and stories about the campus. The Tour includes accessibility information such as whether a location is wheelchair accessible. The Tour is available for each major Tasmanian campus, and can be explored online as a virtual Tour or a physical on campus walking tour.
The tour raises awareness and encourage students and staff to embrace the ethos of sustainability on campus, in their personal life and professional life.
Sustainability Tour dedicated page: https://www.utas.edu.au/infrastructure-services-development/sustainability/campus-tour.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The ‘Studying Sustainably at the University of Tasmania’ guide provides students with accessible ways to practice sustainability and get involved in projects and activities while studying at the University of Tasmania. The guide includes information not only for student residents, but also for those studying on campus and by distance. It includes information about active transport choices including cycling and car share programs, ways to reduce waste to landfill and how to find recycling walls on campus, sustainability focused clubs and societies to get involved in, community groups and networks that are accessible for students. The guide is accessible for students through the internal Student Portal, on a page dedicated to Sustainability and Social Responsibility for students which includes short videos and stories from past students.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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