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Oliver.Story at anu.edu.au
Mon Sep 20 15:23:55 EST 2004
In this issue:
- National Water Week Activities at the ANU-Oct 7th-22nd
- Footprints on Campus exhibition winners
- Recycled Water on North and Willows Oval
- ANUgreen and the Campus Community
- Congratulations on Transport Award
- Putting Study into Practice
- GreenCorps at the ANU
- Spring Valley Farm Revegetation Project
- New ANU Bike Sheds
- ANUgreen awarded NHT grant for Lower Sullivans Creek Catchment Survey
- Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
- This Year's Environmental Impact
** National Water Week Activities at the ANU-Oct 7th-22nd
Look out for a fun-filled week of wet & dirty activities for National Water Week in October. Activities at the ANU highlight the relationship between water, biodiversity, pollution prevention and waste management. Come along to a public lecture or seminar, help out by measuring aquatic biodiversity and water quality, or help clean up Sullivans Creek. Details at <http://www.anu.edu.au/facilities/anugreen/news/waterweek> http://www.anu.edu.au/facilities/anugreen/news/waterweek.
** Footprints on Campus exhibition winners
The Footprints on Campus visual art competition resulted in over fifty fantastic artworks, showcasing the environment, ANU campus and the diverse talents of ANU staff and students. Competiton winner Tamara Russell said "I try to express my enjoyment in the world around me, revelling in the creative possibilities of the materials I use." Tamara's work Campus Journey used recycled items from ANU and machine embroidery to show highlights of ANU campus.
** Recycled Water on North and Willows Oval
The Australian National University is now using recycled water on North and Willows ovals, in a partnership with ACTEW. This will save an estimated 30 megalitres of drinking water per year, helping improve on last year's 20% reduction in water use across ANU campus.
** ANUgreen and the Campus Community
The ANUgreen program was awarded the 2004 University Medal for Outstanding Service to the Campus Community at the recent ANU Staff Awards. The ANUgreen team would like to say a big thank-you to the campus community, who take reducing the environmental impact of the ANU seriously and make the ANUgreen program an ongoing success!
** Congratulations on Transport Award
ANUgreen staff member David Carpenter was awarded the Achiever of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (ACT and Southern NSW section) for his work encouraging sustainable transport at ANU. David Carpenter said "The award reflects the increasing importance of sustainability in the transport industry".
** Putting Study into Practice
The ANU academic world continues to help improve environmental management at the University. One crossover this year is through the Environmental Accounting class, which is conducting comprehensive waste audits of one area on campus. Knowledge about waste generated will be used by ANUgreen to identify opportunities for further recycling and waste minimisation.
** Green Corps at the ANU
The second Green Corps team has started work on ANU campus, following on from the successes of last year's program. Their projects include planting a windbreak at Spring Valley Farm, surveying staff and students on their knowledge of environment and the ANUgreen program, testing water quality, restoring second hand bikes, auditing waste on campus, and working with ANU grounds staff to take care of the Sullivans Creek riparian zone.
The Green Corps team is currently seeking one more participant for the remainder of this semester - if you're interested in working a 9-day fortnight until 24th December, attaining a certificate II in conservation and land management, and are aged between 17 and 20 contact Dave on 0410 606 073. Details about Green Corps are available at www.greencorps.org.
** Spring Valley Farm Revegetation Project
Funding from the Federal Government's Envirofund will help ANU undertake a revegetation and fencing project at the University's Spring Valley Farm, near Mt Stromlo. The University will be revegetating 4.4 hectares of farmland with native Acacias and Eucalypts as part of our commitment to the Greenfleet program, and to help manage erosion. 3500 trees will be planted over the next year as the weather allows, with most planting expected in autumn 2005. There will be a small planting on Friday October 22nd-ANU staff and students interested in helping out should contact David.Carpenter at anu.edu.au
** New ANU Bike Sheds
Construction of three new bike sheds at the Research School of Chemistry, Coombs building and the John Curtin School of Medical Research commenced this week, increasing secure bike storage on campus by 170 bicycles. One shed has already been constructed at the Research School of Biological Sciences and sheds are also proposed for the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering and other locations around the campus. In all there will be secure bike parking for about 300-400 bicycles. People interested in bike storage should contact Kevin Cooper at RSC, Sue Lawrence in the Coombs building or June Hornby at JCSMR.
** ANUgreen awarded NHT grant for Lower Sullivans Creek Catchment Survey
ANUgreen has been awarded a significant grant from the Federal and Territory Governments to complete the Lower Sullivans Creek Catchment Ecological Survey, to compile and ecological resource kit for use by urban catchment groups and to produce a web-based urban biodiversity database. The projects will help raise awareness among the ACT community of the importance of urban biodiversity, and will allow ACT and Southern NSW residents to identify and learn about the surprisingly diverse array of flora and fauna that live in our city. For more information on this project contact David.Carpenter at anu.edu.au
** Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
The fourth ACTS conference will be held between 29th September and 1st October 2004 at the EcoCentre, Griffith University, Queensland. The conference brings together university managers, academics and students who have an interest in furthering sustainability in the tertiary sector. Topics include best practice recycling, alternative transport, green buildings, student environmental projects, and communicating sustainability. For more information see the ACTS website at www.acts.unsw.edu.au.
** This Year's Environmental Impact
Some of the key environmental performance measures for the campus so far this year:
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Total for 2004 to July
Compared to same period last year
Water consumption (to end March only)
674 cubic metres
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