The UWA Student Guild's extensive efforts to reduce the environmental and social impacts of campus activities have been recognised by the Tertiary Access Group's Sustainability Awards.
The Guild received a Highly Commended Award in the Member category for an extensive range of initiatives including the development of its first Sustainability Plan and the formation of its first Enviro Society, which brings together relevant student clubs in a regular forum.
TAG said the award judges were particularly impressed by the breadth of the issues addressed and the high volume of engagement in sustainability initiatives.
In its inaugural year, the awards highlight and celebrate the strengthening of relationships between students and tertiary management to achieve social responsibility and sustainability outcomes.
Guild Environment Officer, Mr Dan Stone said 2013 had been a "big year for the Guild" in developing their sustainability credentials and establishing a plan for the future.
"We're pleased that our hard work, collaborating with the University to install solar panels, a bike repair station and more, is getting results for students and gaining national recognition. UWA should continue to pursue national and international recognition for its work," Mr Stone said.
Other Guild initiatives that earned the award were Sustainability Week events including EnviroFest, the introduction of reusable KeepCups, promotion of dine-in options in cafes and the composting of café coffee grinds.
Daniel Stone (UWA Student Guild Environment Officer) (+61) 0416 370 809