Macquarie goes plant crazy, the Challenge starts up again, and heaps more in your July SRN news.
SRN News

Department Sustainability Challenge 2013

Registrations have opened for the 2013 Department Sustainability Challenge (DSC)! The Challenge will commence on Wednesday 17 July and will run until Thursday 12 September. There will be actions over 5 challenge categories this year. For a sneak preview of the 2013 categories click hereA group of Macquarie University internship students are currently being recruited to undertake the role of Challenge Liaisons. They will assist Departments to implement the actions in the Challenge scorecard.
Competing to win titles at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 15 October (and other prizes along the way as stars are accumulated), getting involved in the Department Sustainability Challenge has never been simple or more fun! We can't believe this is the 5th year that Macquarie has run the DSC. We are proud to say that the DSC has become a sustainability engagement model copied by other organisations around the globe.
Cindy Cunningham, SRN Coordinator
"Congratulations to the Sustainability Team.... you have been able to get a large group of people engaged within a subject that is sometimes perceived as complex and made it simple and fun" - Anonymous feedback
Greening Macquarie
Campus Workplace Greening Through M-Power

The second M-power theme, ‘Get Green with Your Team’ has received tremendous interest from Departments across campus. This theme focused on engaging colleagues around the benefits of indoor plants in the workplace. A total of 10 teams across the University used up our grants pool (of up to $250) to decorate their offices with plants of all shapes and sizes! These Departments include:
  • Department International Studies 
  • Graduation Unit
  • Department of Education
  • Human Resources
  • Climate Futures (Research Centre within the Department of Biological Sciences)
  • Macquarie University Sport
  • Gumnut Cottage
  • Macquarie Property
  • Learning and Teaching Centre
  • Faculty of Human Sciences - various departments
Many Departments across campus are continuing to spread the word about the power of plants in improving workplace indoor air quality, health and productivity by encouraging staff to either bring in a plant from home or buy one for their desk. Some staff have approached their Manager to allocate some funding towards office plants and have been successful. It is wonderful to see university staff actively greening their areas and reaping the benefits! Check out the photos here, and be sure to enter your teams story and before/after shots before Monday 15 July to enter the competition! 
Next SRN Meeting
Guest Presenter Les Robinson on “Making Change Happen - The Wacky Effect”

The next quarterly SRN meeting is not to be missed! We will be hearing from Les Robinson from Enabling Change, who is Australia’s preeminent trainer and strategist on the design of behaviour change. He will be sharing his ‘changeology’ approach to designing successful sustainability initiatives. 
NEW DATE: Tuesday 27th August
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm. 

Where: Zofrea Room, Level 3, Campus Hub (C10A)

Morning tea and lunch provided. We look forward to seeing our Macquarie University Sustainability champions at this inspirational and motivating workshop!
RSVP here.

Health Week Warrior Walk

Health Week

From Monday 15th - Friday 19th July all Macquarie staff are invited to take part in Health Week. There are a range of health related offerings for you to get involved in, including health checks and workshops on time management and work/life balance. During the Warriors@Work Health Week there will be a Warrior Walk on Wednesday 17th July at 12.30pm-2.00pm. The Warrior Walk is an opportunity for you to take part in a lunchtime walk around campus ending with a delicious soup lunch in the Atrium.

The aim is to make the Warrior Walk an annual staff engagement event to highlight how easy it is for staff to fit in some exercise into the working day. The target is the involvement of 500 attendees, but we need your help to achieve this. Please spread the word and get as many of your colleagues as possible to take part in this social walk and lunch event. Why not get a little dressed up or doing something else for fun to represent your Department!

The walk will commence in the Central Courtyard. For further information and to RSVP please click here.
ACTS Scholarship NOW OPEN!
2013 ACTS Conference Scholarship Closes Next Month

It’s not too late for interested Professional and Academic staff on the Sustainability Representative Network (SRN) to lodge an application to attend this year’s 13th international Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) conference in Sydney. ACTS is the primary forum for sustainability in the Australian and New Zealand tertiary education sector. Macquarie University Sustainability will fund the conference attendance of a successful SRN member! The applicant’s work area is asked to endorse the Expression of Interest and give paid release to the successful candidate.
This year’s ACTS conference, ‘Sharing Learning: Lessons from Sustainability Communities’ will take place from 25th-27th September 2013 at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. An Expression of Interest Application Form to attend the conference can be found here. Forms are to be returned to Cindy Cunningham by Friday August 16, 2013. Each application will be reviewed by an independent staff member at the University. The successful SRN candidate will be notified accordingly.

ACTS Photography Competition

Sustainability Photography Competition

The ACTS Sustainability Photography Competition, held in conjunction with the 13th International ACTS Conference, invites staff and students of ACTS Member Institutions and Organisations to submit a quality photo entry on the theme of sustainability. As an ACTS member, all Macquarie University students and staff are eligible to enter.
Photo entries will be judged on their creative alignment with the theme of sustainability as well as their photographic quality. Finalist entries will be exhibited during the conference, at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park. The first, second and third place winners for the staff and student categories will be announced at the Conference Dinner and Green Gown Awards Ceremony on the 26 September 2012. A Peoples’ Choice Award will also be awarded on the night, voted by the Conference Delegates. The competition closes on 12 August, 2013. For further details click here.


2013 Green Lifestyle Award Winners

Find out what's in season this month.

As an ACTS Member, Macquarie staff and students get access to member-only resources including scholarships, webinars etc


Green Campus Guide - explore Macquarie's green side!

Bike Hubs available on campus

Car Pool to campus - and get preferential parking!

Make a personalised sustainability Action Plan here!

Wondering how to live a more sustainable life? Click here for some information...

Macquarie's Annual Sustainability Report

Weekly Walking Group - Monday 12.30pm

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