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Wearing the green gown of success

Thursday, 04 October 2012


  • Director of Facilities and Services Mr Brian Yearwood with the Green Gown Award

    Director of Facilities and Services Mr Brian Yearwood with the Green Gown Award

ECU’s environmental initiatives have received top honours at the Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Green Gown Awards Australia. ECU was announced the winner in the Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change category for the development and implementation of the Sustainability Action Plan.

The Green Gown Awards celebrate the Australia and New Zealand’s best sustainable initiatives in the tertiary education sector. In the past five years ECU has had a number of significant environmental achievements including:

  • Lowest use of water and energy for a WA university;
  • Increase in staff participation rates in the associated University programs;
  • Winning the 2009 Premier’s Award for Managing the Environment; and
  • Winning the 2010/11 WA Government Waterwise Award.

ECU photography student Zaki Habibi was also a winner taking out the ACTS Sustainability Photography Competition for his photo - Symbiosis to preserve biodiversity in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

Congratulations also goes to ECU’s award-winning Health and Wellness Program, which was a finalist in the Social Responsibility Category for creating initiatives which help improve the health and wellbeing of all ECU staff.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and International) Professor Ron Oliver, who chairs the University’s Sustainable Communities Steering Committee, is thrilled with ECU’s strong showing at the National Awards.

“In the past five years ECU has made a distinctive effort to improve our environmental and social sustainability through a number of programs and initiatives,” Professor Oliver said.

“Winning these awards is a credit to ECU’s commitment to sustainability, both on our campuses and in the wider community. We are particularly pleased to be recognised for our continuous improvement across the institution and we look forward to further improving our outcomes with future programs.”

ECU has now been put forward to compete against the UK Green Gown winner of their Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change category in the inaugural International Green Gown Awards announced on Monday, 5 November.

For more information on the awards and to view the full list of winners visit the ACTS Green Gowns and Photography Competition  website.

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