UTS hosts the annual green hero awards to recognise and celebrate UTS students, staff and alumni making a personal contribution to progress sustainability.
Initiatives undertaken might include work at UTS or in the broader community.
The awards aim to celebrate participation, showcase impressive initiatives and inspire others to get involved. Winners are announced each year on World Environment Day, 5 June.
The 2019 winners were;
- Winner 1st Tom Wilson works in the Social Justice team and inspires his colleagues with his leadership and advocacy. He is an avid surfer and has done extensive research on sustainability in the surfing industry, advocating for change in the surfing community and beyond. When colleagues in his team are looking for ways to be more sustainable, people often say ‘what would Tom do in this situation?’
- Winner 2nd Tom Hume is a student leader on renewable energy and a member of the Australian Young Leaders Forum, and a Renewable Cities Youth Ambassador. He was the Australian youth delegate at the Clean Energy Young Leaders Ministerial Forum in Canada in May this year.
- Winner 3rd Lucy Chen is one of the most passionate students at UTS campaigning for action on climate change. She helped establish the student club EcoSoc and to revitalise the Enviro Collective, and is very active in the Stop Adani campaign in the broader community.
The judging criteria are:
- Identify - will a wide spectrum of the UTS community identify with and be able to understand the activity.
- Influence - does the activity have the potential to inspire and motivate others.
- Involve - could the activity potentially involve others.
- Impact - is the activity tangible with real sustainability impacts and benefits.
Equal consideration is given to initiatives of any size and scale.
Previous winner, Frank Ruggiero with fan club
- 1st prize - Two tickets for a guided Eco Kayaking Tour on Sydney Harbour
- 2nd prize - $150 Coles/Myer voucher
- 3rd prize - Two UTS branded Keep Cups and hamper of Fair Trade treats
The judging panel each year is:
- UTS deputy vice chancellor and vice president (resources)
- UTS manager, sustainability
- President UTS Students’ Association
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence is entered into.
For more information see terms and conditions.
Nominations for 2020 open in April, with winners announced on World Environment Day June 5th.
For more information email.