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After the conclusion of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on 18 November 2016, the University of Adelaide is now formally admitted as an observer organisation (NGO) to the UNFCCC. The official UNFCCC website http://unfccc.int/parties_and_observers/ngo/items/9411.php now lists the University of Adelaide as an admitted NGO.

Dr Manuel P. S. Solis of the Adelaide Law School is the University’s Designated Contact Point to the UNFCCC.

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The latest GO8 Sustainability Forum was held at the University of Adelaide this week. Over two days, we met with our sustainability colleagues to share information about current projects, initiatives, future plans and the latest in energy management. Some of the highlights were a first look at the design of our collaborative GO8 Sustainable Building  publication, challenges and opportunities for energy management in a fast changing environment, and a presentation from Dan Conley, engineering student on the great success of the Adelaide Sustainability Association.

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This year saw a record number of high quality applications, many with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable education. Applications were assessed against the fund’s criteria and in consultation with key groups across the Infrastructure branch. We are pleased to announce the following successful projects and applicants.

  • Gamifying Sustainable Waste Education – School of Computer Science, Dr Ali Babar
  • LED lighting retrofit in the Oliphant Building – School of Physical Sciences, Ms Carol Maezler
  • Building Management Sustainability in the Schulz – School of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Lei Chen
  • Residential College Energy Challenge – Roseworthy Student Services, Ms Rebecca Dunbar
  • Energy Efficiency at Waite Campus Childrens Centre – Ms Kaarin Wilkinson

Thank you to all who applied in the very competitive 2016 round. If you have a great idea for a campus sustainability project let us know and apply in the 2017 Green Project Fund round.

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Make an impact on campus! Staff and students can receive up to $20k for sustainability projects. Applications close Friday 1 April 2016. More information here.

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Register here to join us for our annual celebration of cycling to campus on Wednesday 14 October!
FREE Breakfast for all cyclists on the Goodman Lawns from 8am – be early!
We’ll have free raffle prizes, Fair Trade coffee, pedal power smoothies, cycling information and the Slow Bike Race. For the first time Mel from Honeybee Cycles […]

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What does campus sustainability mean to you? What strategies would you like to see adopted to support energy efficiency? How can we collaborate and innovate across a number of areas to future proof the University for generations to come?
The University’s Sustainability Plan is currently under review and we’d like your input to ensure the Plan […]

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Since 2009, the University has diverted nearly 100 tonnes of e-waste from landfill.
Until the end of the year, the e-recycling service will be offered free by Ecoversity. However from January 2016, there will be a charge associated with disposal. With this in mind, we encourage all schools and areas to review and consolidate electrical items […]

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At Open Day this year, you will find Ecoversity serving up Fair Trade coffee on the Barr Smith Lawns to keep you warm and alert as you venture around the North Terrace Campus. Ask us about sustainability on campus and how to get involved!
 

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On World Environment Day 2015 GO8 Universities from around Australia are celebrating the Living Laboratory concept – linking teaching and research activities to operational sustainability. This model is transforming campuses and improving the learning experience of students.
Download the GO8 Living Lab publication here to explore a great range of sustainability projects from around Australia.
 

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The Australian Cycling & Walking Conference will celebrate its sixth iteration featuring a mix of presentations and discussions about walking and cycling.
The conference will be held on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 of July 2015 at the Flinders University building on Victoria Square, Adelaide. Please go to the conference website for more information, including to download a conference program: http://www.australiancyclingconference.org/index.php.

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