Get to know the Sustainable Universities Network (SUN), our history and our goals.
HISTORY OF THE SUSTAINABLE UNIVERSITIES NETWORK (SUN)
As a very new network, we only have a very small history to date! The Sustainable Universities Network (SUN) was officially started in 2021 when some university students who were leading sustainability clubs and societies on their campuses realised that other student-led groups across Australia were doing many unique and impactful projects and events. SUN was then created to open communication between these student groups to share ideas and collaborate on events and campaigns.
As a new network, we hope we can get other student groups from around the region to get involved so that we can shape the direction of the network together.
WHAT MAKES SUN DIFFERENT?
There are many other sustainability-focused networks in our region. However, most of these networks work at an institutional level and often do not directly work with student groups. Yet student groups are at the forefront of sustainable development at the university level. Furthermore, SUN is comprised only of student groups making our discussions focused on the issues that students and their organisations are facing.
"AMPLIFY YOUR IMPACT"
MEET THE TEAM
All our team members are students who are passionate about collaboration for sustainability.
Isabelle Zhu-Maguire (she/her) | Monash University
Founder and President
Isabelle is a Masters of International Relations student from Monash University in Melbourne. She is the team lead at Monash Association of Sustainability (MAS) and founded the Sustainable Universities Network (SUN). In 2021, Izzy also became the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) AusNZPac Youth Coordinator and is passionate about collaborating with other students to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ronan Young (he/they) | University of Adelaide
Ronan Young is a Bachelor of Oral Health student at the University of Adelaide. He was the Adelaide Sustainability Association (ASA) President in 2021. They have had experiences running various clubs on campus for three consecutive years and organised sustainability festivals, sustainable balls and runway events. Ronan also oversaw projects such as the young sustainability leaders program and sustainable finance project. Ronan sees the university community as a group with large potential and wonderful leaders who strive to carry their passions and cultivate cultures of change.
Anushka Patil (she/her) | University of Adelaide
Anushka is the current Secretary of the Sustainable Universities Network and President of the Adelaide Sustainability Association. She currently studies a Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide.
Genevieve Meriton (she/her) | Swinburne University of Technology
Genevieve is a student currently studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications/Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University of Technology. She has studied abroad in the UK and was the President of the Swinburne Sustainability Society.
Sanjana Santhosh (she/her) | Swinburne University of Technology
Marketing and Communications Officer
Sanjana is currently a Biomedical Science student at the University of Adelaide. She loves music, all things sustainability and science. Sanjana has been an active member of the Adelaide Sustainability Association and has now joined the SUN team as the Marketing and Communications Officer.
Bec Perse | University of Western Australia
'SUN Says no to Scarborough' Campaign Manager
Bec studies Bachelor of Philosophy majoring in Chemical Engineering and German at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She is the convenor of Fossil Free UWA, a student group calling for divestment, and holds positions on the committees of Students 4 Environmental Action (S4EA) and the UWA Guild Environment Department. She is also employed at UWA as a Project Assistant, working on assignments surrounding sustainability reporting, carbon neutrality and more. She now acts as the SUN Say No to Scarborough Campaign Manager with over 12 months of experience participating and organising in a volunteer capacity as part of the wider Say No to Scarborough Campaign (learn more here), which includes a coalition of environmental activism groups such as 350.org, Green Peace and Sea Shepard.
Allqa Ashna Ali (she/her) | Swinburne University of Technology
Allqa is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Biomedical) from Swinburne University in Melbourne. She is a current member of the Swinburne Sustainability Society. Here at SUN, Allqa strives to support communities with an aim to build social connections, share individual perspectives, and address the significance of sustainability!