Champions4Change is a sustainable action program at the University of Newcastle.
Champions make real impacts across the University by helping to meet the Environmental Sustainability Plan targets and develop new and innovate ways to meet the environmental sustainability challenges and create behavior change.
Our activities and areas of focus includes: waster, energy, transport, water, biodiversity, landscape, procurement, health, campus assets, teaching and learning.
A champion can be anyone on the University campuses who is a staff or student, outside groups that work on campus such as the food providers and outlets will be considered. A champion is someone is concerned about the use of resources in their area and wants to be involved in improving the University's environmental sustainability and encourages positive behavior change among others in your area.
Champions make real impacts across the University by helping to meet the Environmental Sustainability Plan targets and develop new and innovate ways to meet the environmental sustainability challenges.
Champions participate in activities earning points which can be redeemed for prizes and which will help them win end of the year awards.
Be a Champion4Change, join today!
The 2016 Champions4Change program will see an expansion of activities and new benefits to students from the 2015 pilot year.
|Student Champions||Staff Champions|
What do Champions do?
- participates in awareness-raising activities and assists with distributing information and advice, including emails, posters and other communications
- assists the Environmental Sustainability team with raising awareness of environmental sustainability across the organisation
- talks to others about Sustainability and becomes a point of contact in their area
- participates in program development and implementing ideas to achieve the commitments of UON’s Environmental Sustainability Policy and the targets in the Environmental Sustainability Plan
- promotes improved waste, energy and water management and the benefits of active travel
- conducts visual audits of work areas and identifies opportunities for improvement
- attends networking sessions and shares in celebrating our successes
- encourages others to come along and join the network
How are Champions Recognised?
- an email will be distributed in your division, faculty or work area
- IFS and Resource Division Newsletter
- Champions4Change will be promoted on the UON Sustainability web pages
- Champions4Change University wide activities will be submitted to the Green Gown Awards.
- Chancellery awards nominations must be determined by the relevant faculty and division, however Champions will suggest nominations to those areas.
see something missing? we want to hear it! Offer suggestions on how you think Champions program can be improved or should be recognised, email Champions4Change@newcastle.edu.au
Activities and Events
Champions4Change support specific activities across the university providing engaging events to students and staff which create real impact. Below is a snap shot of the events being organised by Champions4Change in 2016.
|Love Food Hate Waste||Waste, Food and Health||March to November|
|Green Week - Callaghan||All Themes||April 18th to April 20th|
|Green Day - Ourimbah||All Themes||April 21st|
|Green Night - Newcastle City||All Themes||April 22nd|
|Green Day - Sydney||All Themes||April 22nd|
|Blackout Challenge||Energy and Carbon||April 22nd|
|Ready2Ride||Transport||August 15th to October 12th|
Love Food Hate Waste
An initiative of the Environmental Protection Authority, Hunter Councils in collaboration with UON are teaching residential students about Loving Food and Hating Waste. The project will engage students to change wasteful behaviours and avoid food waste.
The project will:
- Actively engage 18-24 year old students to change wasteful behaviours and avoid food waste
- Teach residential students meals planning, portion control, correct food storage behaviours and food waster avoidance cooking techniques
- Create a 'community of practice' in residential living centres with the University of Newcastle campus which provides peer support to reduce food waster generation
- Be part of a national program,
- Create practical tools and materials other universities can use across Australia.
Volunteers can expect to:
- Help with focus groups
- Run Survey booths
- Be a food usher on the LFHW Film night (minimum 3 hours required)
- Hold funky waster education demonstrations
- Perform food and waste audits (minimum 4 hours required)
iLEAD Points based on hours of participation up to 60 hours possible.
When can you volunteer? Various dates April 2016 to Dec 2016.
Black Out Challenge
A switch it off competition to “Blackout” the campus over a weekend period to encourage individuals to switch off and raise awareness around energy usage. Get a group together and see if you can Blackout your Faculty! The energy means we are being more efficient and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
iLEAD Points for volunteering at the event is 5 points, 10 points for organising a blackout in your faculty with one other person and 15 points for organising it by yourself.
Register interest by 20th March, 2016 to receive your Blackout Challenge guide with email templates, contact information, planning steps, equipment needed, a runsheet of the event night, and communications posters you can use to engage your faculty.
Event Date: 22nd April, 2016
The annual green week run by student central. Be part of an innovative and exciting week!
Support the event and provide engagement to students this will include:
- Blackout Challenge (see iLead specific folder)
- Bike Bus (minimum 3 hours)
- Green Cleaning Workshops (minimum 2 hours)
- Waster demonstrations (5 10 15 points)
- Community Gala Day
iLEAD Points based on hours of participation up to 35 points possible and register interest by the 30th of March by contacting Champions4Change@newcastle.edu.au
When: 18th April to 20th April 2016 (Callaghan), 21st of April (Ourimbah), 22nd of April (Sydney)
Club and society? Get involved and build a creative booth to show how you support environmental and social sustainability!
Active Travel Promotion
There are a range of active travel promotion activities.
- Volunteers would hold information booths during the semester and o-week to promote active travel.
- Bike Library
- Build your mechanic skills at the bike library while helping others get into active travel. A one hour safety and introduction training required.
- Bike Bus
- Lead a bike bus to uni! Bike riding proficiency required and attend a training session as well. Earn a minimum of 6 points.
iLEAD Points based on hours of participation up to 60 points possible.
All year long.
Email: Champions4Change@newcastle.edu.au with a subject line Active Travel.
Eight week fitness and confidence program to encourage active travel and support ride2uni.
- Volunteer at the event
- Raise awareness with promotions booths
iLEAD Points based on hours of participation up to 15 points.
Ready2Ride: 15th August to 12th October 2016
Ride2Uni: 12th October 2016
As the University of Newcastle advances in its mission to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of campus life, the Environmental Team and its partners have provided fact sheets, posters, how to guides, templates, links,and campus information to equip Champions with all the action tools required for change.
Action tools can help build awareness around the office and positive change in your circle of influence. Click below for the full range of tools available.
- Environmental Sustainability Plan
- How to guides for activities and events
- Energy and Carbon
- Food and Health
In the near future, we hope to have a full library and interactive building dashboards presenting building-level resource consumption for all reportable buildings on campus (need aspirational goals right!)
Have a tool that you think could help us save resources? Email Champions with your tool or idea!
Our Champion trainers are at the heart of our program and you'll be responsible for spreading our activities and events around campus and encouraging staff and students to drive sustainable action.
- Participate in champion trainer education sessions
- Hold education booths or support an activity from the available action tools
- Participate in one of the many Champion activities listed online
- Suggest activiites that you think supports Champions and our Environmental Sustainability Plan 2015 - 2017
A training session will be held when a minimum of 4 trainers are identified.
Email Champions4Change with the email heading Champion Trainer.