Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Senior project officer Susan Penfold says it was people working together that led to Guerilla Gardening making the competition shortlist
Senior project officer Susan Penfold says it was people working together that led to Guerilla Gardening making the competition shortlist

‘Guerilla Gardening’ shortlisted for Green Gown

CDU has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards – an Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS)-managed initiative that recognises exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by tertiary institutions. 

Provost and Vice-President Professor Sue Carthew said: “Our application, coordinated by Facilities Management and titled ‘Guerrilla Gardening’, outlines how Facilities Management has cultivated mutually beneficial relationships within the university to make progress on sustainability.

“Our congratulations go to all Facilities Management staff – especially Susan Penfold – for taking the initiative to prepare the application and for being shortlisted, even before our Sustainability@CDU Plan was formally ratified and launched in early July," she said.

The Green Gown Awards were brought to Australasia in 2010 and are open to all tertiary education institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

ACTS is a non-profit member-based organisation representing higher and further education institutions within Australia and New Zealand and governed by a cross-sector steering group to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector.

“The judges commended CDU on submitting an interesting and ambitious application that covered a range of initiatives,” Professor Carthew said. “They noted especially, excellent use of the Sustainable Development Goals criteria. 

“Our Green Gown Stage 1 application has been accepted by ACTS and we have now been invited to complete Stage 2 of the application process, which involves creating a finalist case study video.” 

The winner will be announced in Dunedin, New Zealand in November.