A lack of understanding of the UTS waste system discourages the student body to participate and be educated in better practices surrounding waste segregation.
Enable the Fun Theory to educate the UTS student body to achieve better practices surrounding waste segregation, through an adaptable event stall that works within existing UTS events and expos, targeting the UTS student body with the aim of educating better practice of food waste segregation, through fun and adaptable games.
Promote Waste Management Education through ‘For Purpose’ initiative and in an event store
- That is able to flexibly integrate and work with existing UTS events/initiative/expos
- That educates UTS student body and faculty about food waste segregation and management through games, apps, booth activities
interview 1. Seb Crawford (uts green)
through Interviews with Seb Crawford we were able to explore and understand previous initiatives uts had taken to reduce its food waste, with a primary focus on education and awareness surrounding food waste management. Seb informed us that “Most of the education happened during the rollout of the food waste stream under the branding of “UTS Cleans Up” in 2015. ‘UTS cleans up’ was an initiative that saw the introduction of a one bin system paired with a piloted food dehydrator. Communication surrounding ‘uts clean up’ came in the form of stickers attached to the bins explaining that all waste was appropriately segregated off sight.
Seb also informed us that “The food waste system at UTS is fairly new… they are still in the test phase we’ve done little comms and education around them so far”. UTS has seen a great improvement in waste management over the past five years but there still seems to be a lack of understanding and engagement on a whole from the student body. We hypothesised that this lack of understanding Lead to the improper use of bins and greater contamination levels. As a group, we could see this from our own personal experiences but in order to prove our thoughts, a general student survey was conducted.
Surveys: UTS Student body
After analysing the information given to us by Seb it was still unclear how much of the ‘UTS cleans up’ communications were successful in educating the student body about UTS’ waste practices. Our student survey targeted a small group of (46 participants) over a range of disciplines and year groups targeting their understanding of the uts food waste stream and if they had come in contact with any educational material surrounding it. The results suggested 92% of students surveyed had a poor understanding of the food waste management process with a further 80% receiving a poor education surrounding food waste management at UTS.
After analyzing the data we concluded that a poor understanding of UTS’ food waste management practices led to an underlying negligence and confusion that could contribute to poor waste segregation and a lack of initiative from the student body. It also showed the complexities of communicating to a wide audience from differing backgrounds who all share differing ideas surrounding waste management.
Interview #2: Simone Soeters (Batyr@UTS)
Batyr@UTS is a non for profit organisation that aims raises awareness for mental health issues within the UTS campus. Batyr has established an on-campus presence through student involvement and leadership, engaging the university community through quality programs and workshops. Batyr targets uts events with stalls and online programs that aims to educate and encourage the student body to engage in open conversations surrounding mental health issues. Through such events they’re able to reach out and create the personal connections necessary to help a wide audience. Their annual report ‘batyr impact report’ shows the sucess of their program, “university students were the most engaged, with 88.4% reporting that they were either engaged or very engaged”(Batyr 2016 impact report). Batyr was a great example of a very successful organisation that engages and empowered the student body tackling stigma and issues surrounding mental health. Batyr achieves this through direct personal contact, utilising uts events and online programs.
“Waste Education and Awareness Strategy” Procedia- Social and Behavioural Science
This text calls for higher level of education surrounding waste management with a particularly concerning for young students highlighting the importance of education in creating social or political change. The paper surveyed 591 university students with 40% having negative attitudes surrounding waste management “suggest(ing) that a carefully through-out waste education and awareness strategy should be developed in order to change students’ habits and behavior and traditions.”(Waste Education and Awareness Strategy (Procedia). Thus highlighting the importance of connecting with students enabling change through education and early intervention.
“Empowering education” Shor, I.
Empowering education critically analyses the responsibility of educational institutions to not just teach the course material but also embed good social practices. It highlights that through education students are empowered by good social practices and will help to change social trends in the future “Empowering education is oriented to self-transformation and social change”. (Shor 1992, p. 188).
The Fun Theory is a concept that strives to implement new ideas or resolve a change in values, by means of initiatives and activities that are considered ‘fun’ or ‘engaging’ to the audience.
Steep analysis looks at the impact of the project on a broader scale, analysing systems that it touches and is integrated into. These are (social, technological, environmental, economic and political).
Mapping the possible boundaries of the project allowed for an in-depth view and scope of the project.
- Overview | University of Technology Sydney. 2017. Overview | University of Technology Sydney. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/cleans-up/overview. [Accessed 18 June 2017].
- Waste Education and Awareness Strategy: Towards Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program at UKM – ScienceDirect. 2017. Waste Education and Awareness Strategy: Towards Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program at UKM – ScienceDirect. [ONLINE] Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.09.244. [Accessed 18 June 2017].
- Shor, I, 2012. Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change. 1. University of Chicago Press.