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ANUgreen Winter Newsletter

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									ANUgreen Winter Newsletter          New sustainable universities book launched ANUgreen receives funding for water conservation initiative Great Climate Change Debate Environmental Achievement Awards ANUgreen Annual Report released “Switch it Off” poetry and poster now available Green Office Program Activities: waste and energy "Got some cardboard you need recycled?" Share a Ride Day

New sustainable universities book launched A new book entitled “Sustainability in the Australasian University Context” has recently been published by Peter Lang (Frankfurt). The book was co-edited by David Carpenter from ANUgreen and includes 8 chapters from academics, general staff and students from the ANU. The book was recently launched by the Vice Chancellor. The book includes case studies from 5 universities throughout Australia and New Zealand on topics as diverse as biodiversity planning, environmental risk assessment, education for sustainability and best practice recycling in the tertiary sector. Copies of the book are available at the Co-op bookshop. For more information see: www.peterlang.com <http://www.peterlang.com>. ANUgreen receives funding for water conservation initiative ANUgreen has received a $44,000 grant through the Federal Governments Community Water Grants Program for a water conservation project at the Research School of Chemistry that will save approximately 20 million litres of potable water per annum. The project will install processcooling units in labs to recirculate water used in stills and rotorvaporator units. Great Climate Change Debate ANUgreen, Bruce Hall and the Sustainability Learning Community recently hosted the Great Climate Change Debate at Bruce Hall on World Environment Day (June 5 th). The question posed was “Is Australia’s response to climate change sufficient?” Speakers included Senator Gary Humphries, Dr Deb Foskey, Professor Jeff Bennett and Associate Professor Janette Lindesay. Approximately 140 staff and students attended the debate.

Environmental Achievement Awards The annual ANU environmental achievement awards were presented on World Environment Day at a ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor and Senator Kate Lundy at the new JCSMR building. The winner of the 2006 award was John Ellison from JCSMR whose efforts to save water, electricity and nitrogen gas has saved the university thousands of dollars and millions of litres of potable water each year. Two high commendations were also awarded to Kate Gilchrist from the School of Business and Information Management and Andrew Smith from Facilities and Services. ANUgreen Annual Report released The 2005 Environmental Report to Vice Chancellor has recently been completed and can be viewed at: <http://www.anu.edu.au/facilities/anugreen/EMPC/Reports/05-06EMPCReport.pdf>

Some of the highlights of that report include: The ANU has achieved its water conservation target of10% below 2002 figures by 2008 and has reduced its water consumption by 123 million litres in the last two years The university reduced its waste to landfill by a further 5% in 2005. The weight of waste to landfill in 2005 was 371 tonnes (22%) less than 2002 (the base year) despite a 23% increase in Gross Floor Area over that period and despite increases in activity and capital development throughout the campus 1700 items of IT equipment were reused or recycled in 2005 “Switch it Off” poetry and poster now available The results of the “Switch it Off” poetry/limerick/haiku competition have been announced, and prizes were awarded at a special afternoon tea on Tuesday 4 April 2006. In the hope of being published on the back of ANU loo doors, in all 31 budding ANU poets entered the competition, which is a fantastic response. Both serious and humorous poems were received, and are displayed on the Green Office Program website for those of you interested in viewing the results. Poems are listed by winners, and also by department, so you can take a look to see the different slants taken on energy conservation across the University. The winning poet was John P Harvey, whose poem has been given to a local artist to make into a downloadable “back of the loo” poster to promote energy conservation around the ANU. Download today and put up in your loo! Visit: <http://www.anu.edu.au/facilities/anugreen/office/initiatives.html>

Green Office Program Activities: waste and energy “When at the ANU, “Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and then recycle!” This is the latest catch cry on a new to be released “back of the loo door” poster campaign to help alert University staff and students about how we can all help to minimise waste at the ANU. According to waste audits in 2005, almost half the waste disposed of by staff, students and visitors to the ANU can actually be recycled. This is significant considering 1200 tonnes of waste from buildings and outdoor stations are disposed of to landfill each year (based on 2005 figures). This poster campaign follows a callout during May and June for workplaces interested in obtaining recycling bins. As a result of the call out, roughly 200 new deskside paper recycling bins have been sent out to various workplaces on campus, along with the introduction of 20 new co-mingled recycling bins in various tea rooms across the University. If you'd like to download a copy of this poster, email gop@anu.edu.au. During July, the focus will shift from waste minimisation to energy conservation. Stay tuned. "Got some cardboard you need recycled?" Recycling - New Metal Cages for Cardboard Recycling Canberra Recycling are currently replacing many of the old wool bag and metal frames outside of buildings, used for cardboard recycling, with new 1.5 cubic metre and 3 cubic metre metal cages. While this will improve the recycling services across campus, it is a good time to remind everybody that we really need people to flatten the cardboard before placing in the cage. If whole boxes are place in the cage and cardboard if left lying on the ground this will contravene our fire safety and OH&S policies, which may require the cardboard recycling cage to be taken away as has happened in the past. So please flatten the cardboard so that we can all benefit from this important recycling service on campus.

Share a Ride Day WHAT: We can’t always share a ride, but sharing a ride with someone even once a semester can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Imagine if everybody made the effort! th Share a Ride Day is coming up on Wednesday 26 July. This is a chance for you to win some prizes, help the environment, meet some new people and cut your travel costs! Staff can register with the online Carpool Database at www.anu.edu.au/carpool <http://www.anu.edu.au/carpool> Departments are being given the chance to win themselves a carPOOL PARTY by having the greatest registered number of car-poolers on the day. Individuals registered on the website also go in the draw to win a $50 Co-op Bookstore voucher. th WHEN: Wednesday 26 July WHY: because sharing a ride can save you money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions! HOW: Log on to www.anu.edu.au/carpool <http://www.anu.edu.au/carpool> and register Find someone to share a ride with Register you participation on the registration form Share a lift on Wednesday 26 th July WINNERS: the winning department will be the area with the most car-poolers registered with the database who carpool on the day. The winning department will receive an afternoon tea (the carPOOL PARTY), hosted by ANUgreen! One lucky registered individual will win a $50 Co-op Bookshop voucher!


								
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