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MSDI and SDSN Australia, NZ & Pacific named Banksia Award finalists

Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia, New Zealand & Pacific have been announced as finalists in the Research & Academia category of the 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards.

The Banksia Awards have earned a reputation as Australia’s most prestigious sustainability awards, recognising Australian individuals, communities business and government for their innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship.

An initiative of the Banksia Foundation, which partners with individuals and organisations to elevate and encourage their involvement in sustainability, the esteemed awards are now in their 30th year and are the longest running sustainability awards in the world.

To mark this milestone year, the Banksia Foundation has restructured the awards to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a set of global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.

By embracing the SDGs, the Banksia Awards aim to recognise and highlight Australia’s contribution to the international endeavour for sustainable development.

Monash Sustainable Development Institute has been nominated for its commitment to catalysing sustainable development solutions to global challenges, using its innovative and world-leading interdisciplinary approach.

SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, which is hosted by Monash Sustainable Development Institute, has been nominated for the Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities guide, produced in partnership with Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

The winners in each of the 11 categories, as well as the special Gold Award and Minister’s Award, will be announced at the Banksia Sustainability Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne on November 29.

Read the full announcement and list of finalists, here.

About Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s entry

MSDI catalyses sustainable development solutions to global challenges by harnessing the strength of Australia’s largest university – Monash – and bringing it together with partners from across academia, industry, government and civil society.

We currently work with over 100 local, regional and global partners from academia, industry, government and civic society to create change.

We convene around and make sense of complex problems – bringing leading expertise across public policy, pathways, evaluation, social entrepreneurship and behaviour change.

MSDI establishes interdisciplinary teams, co-produces research and conducts action projects to develop innovative solutions and pathways; and to influence change in policies and practice. In addition, we/they develop education programs to build capacity, implement change at a local, regional and global scale and train the sustainable development leaders of the future.

About SDSN Australia, New Zealand and Pacific’s entry

In August 2017, SDSN Australia, NZ & Pacific and Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) published Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities, the first comprehensive and practical guide for universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector on how they can contribute to the SDGs. MSDI, which hosts the secretariat of the regional SDSN network, provided some financial and project support to the initiative.

Since its publication, the guide has taken on a life of its own and is now being used as a definitive resource by universities all around the world to start and intensify their engagement with SDGs. It has been presented to thousands of people, including at the UN, and its creators have been invited to speak about the guide across the globe.

This ground-breaking publication, which has been translated into Japanese, Spanish and Chinese, with several other translations in the works, has put the leadership of universities in our region on the world stage and, most importantly, is inspiring and helping universities all around the world do more to support the SDGs.