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*Please note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated leading up to the conference. 
Start End Description
8:00am 8:55am Registration
9:00am 9:05am Mihi Whakatau (Traditional Welcome)
9:05am 9:15am Kapa Haka (Māori performance) – He Waka Kōtuia Māori performing arts group
9:15am 9:25am Welcome and introduction – Corey Peterson (ACTS President)
9:25am 9:35am Host Welcome address – Stephen Willis (Chief Operating Officer, University of Otago)
9:35am 10:00am Keynote address
10:10am 10:40am Networking and refreshments break
Streams Leadership & Governance
(room xx)
Partnerships & Engagement
(room xx)
Learning, Teaching & Research
(room xx)
Facilities & Operations stream
(room xx)
10:45am 11:45am Climate Emergency Boot Camp
Seb Crawford
Shooting for the STARS™
Carmen Primo Perez & Belinda Bean
BeWeDō: Transforming Conversations
Andrea Marsden
100% Renewable, 100% Do-able
Daan Schiebaan
11:50am 12:35pm Young sustainable leaders abroad
Phillipa Schliebs & Britt Little
A sustainability journey: Challenges and lessons
Nik Mungilwar
SDGXchange – a new way of matching research with funding!
Jane Diplock
Managing Carbon, Renewable Energy & Responsible Investment in Higher Education
Jay van Rijn
12:40pm 1:20pm ACTS AGM
1:20pm 2:20pm Lunch
2:25pm 3:10pm Sustainability highlights from UK and Ireland – study trop report
Corey Peterson
Developing an Environmental Education ‘Mind Space’
Natalie Waran
Breaking down silo’s through interdisciplinary sustainable practice
Allen Hill
Bike for a Better Future
Jen Rodgers & Megan Brasell-Jones
3:15pm 3:45pm Building buy-in at the top
Andrew Wilks
Sustainability Reconfiguration and Renewal at UC
Matt Morris
Western Sydney Matters: Sustainability Curriculum Transformation at Western Sydney
Jen Dollin
Achieving net zero carbon certification
Andrew Eagles
3:45pm 4:10pm Networking and refreshments break
4:15pm 5:00pm Organic Waste as an opportunity for socio-ecological regeneration in a campus community
Finn Boyle

Smoking hot! Biodiversity management at Charles Sturt University
Kym Witney-Soanes
Speaking Their Language: Interdisciplinary Videos for the SDGs
Tonya Sweet

Choose to Reuse
Sue Hopkins
Start End Description
8:30am 8:50am Registration
8:50am 9:00am Welcome – Corey Peterson (ACTS President)
9:00am 9:10am Host Welcome address – Phil Ker (Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic)
9:10am 9:20am Headline sponsor address
9:20am 10:20am Climate Action panel
10:20am 10:50am Networking and refreshments break
Streams Leadership & Governance
(room xx)
Partnerships & Engagement
(room xx)
Learning, Teaching & Research
(room xx)
Facilities & Operations stream
(room xx)
10:55am 11:55am Our powers combined – the NZ collaborative
BCORPS with purpose: Positive deviants for sustainable futures
Fleur Fallon
Blending BiCulturalism and Sustainability at L7
Sarah Sellar
UQ Unwrapped – reducing UQ’s Plastic Footprint
Christine McCallumPlastic Free Campus – Choose your battles wisely
Arifa Sarfraz
12:00pm 12:30pm Improving credibility and accountability of Sustainability Reports and SDGs
Renzo Mori Jr
Expanding our impact over 10 years of CSU Green grants
Michelle Wilkinson
Integrating Sustainability as a cross curriculum priority in teacher education programs:
Expanding our impact through mentoring, creativity and reflection

Thelma Raman
Towards Zero Carbon – Reducing Carbon Emissions in Existing Facilities at Victoria University Wellington
Nick Baty & Jenny Spence
12:30pm 1:30pm Lunch
1:35pm 2:35pm Seeding the student body for the next Sustainability Leaders
Suzanne Davis & Sophie Rutter
Green Impact
Rhiannon Boyd
Making a Difference? Who wants to be MaD?
Samuel Mann & Ray O’Brien
2:40pm 4:30pm PD1: Generation Zero PD2: TBC
6:00pm 6:20pm Coach departs Dunedin for Larnach Castle
6:15pm 12:00am Green Gown Awards Australasia
Start End Description
9:15am 9:30am Tour meeting point
9:30am 10:30am Tour 1: University of Otago
10:30am 11:00am Tour transition
11:00am 12:00pm Tour 2: Otago Polytechnic
Conference concludes

 Giveback afternoon *optional*

Following the official close of the conference, delegates are invited to participate in an afternoon excursion to “giveback” to the local area that has hosted the ACTS Conference this year.

Join us on a trip to the beautiful Quarantine/Kamau Island in the heart of Otago harbour, a remnant of the ancient Dunedin volcano. In its bush-clad, pre-European, times the island was used by southern Māori as a place to camp while collecting kaimoana. From 1863 to 1924, as the Otago Quarantine Station, it became the first place ashore for many thousands of settlers on route to their new lives. It was also used as a military hospital during World War One.

The Island is now a public recreation reserve managed by a group of passionate, dedicated volunteers, with support from Department of Conservation, community grants and a residential keeper.

You can help revegetate this special place by joining us on the afternoon of Friday 15th November. Departing by shuttle bus from Otago Polytechnic at 1pm, delegates will take a sheltered ferry ride to the island from Port Chalmers. Whilst only 10mins offshore, you’ll feel miles away once you step on the island and can let the stress of the busy week fall away! Spend a couple of hours exploring the historic island whilst helping to restore it to its natural glory, returning to Dunedin by 5pm.

Limited places available, please book your tickets early.

A free event
Departing by shuttle bus from Otago Polytechnic at 1pm
Returning to Dunedin by 5pm