MGA Sustainability Week – Festival Booths

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals established by the United Nations in 2015 to guide global efforts towards sustainable development. The goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

The SDGs are important because they provide a common framework for global development efforts, bringing together governments, businesses, civil society, and other stakeholders to work towards a sustainable future for all. The goals are also interdependent, recognising that progress in one area can support progress in others.

As the MGA grows, we aim to align our operations with the values of our students and our community. This year, we are highlighting goals:

Sustainability Week is one of the ways that we are incorporating the SDGs into our programming.

As you explore the festival, read up on how each booth connects to an SDG and helps to build a better world for present and future generations.

  • Read more about the MGA Sustainability Week program here.
  • Read more about the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals here.

BOOTHS

Western diets encourage the ever-increasing production and consumption of meat, one of the greatest sustainability threats. While the SDGs don’t make reference to vegan or vegetarianism, the United Nations suggests a substantial reduction in meat consumption. 

The MGAs Vegan BBQ booth not only makes sure that students are fed, it also shows that vegan food can be delicious too! You might notice the bright red containers being used to serve your food. These locally made containers can be reused to help you plan a package free lunch and reduce food waste by storing any leftovers.

Target: 2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

Target: 12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

A nutritious diet contributes to a higher quality of life! A consistent and healthy diet protects against infection, helps maintain healthy body weight, and reduces the risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Stop by our fresh fruit and veg booth to pick out some healthy options for your home. 

Did you know that our vendor, Farmer’s Pick, sources produce that can’t be sold in stores? Any excess produce or produce that doesn’t meet unrealistic beauty standards is sold to organisations like ours at a more affordable rate! This means we can feed more students while keeping high quality, nutritious food out of our landfill.

Target: 2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. 

Target: 12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

Career Connect offers a range of extra and co-curricular programs tailored to help you blend your academic and professional capabilities to boost your employability edge. They are here to support you to develop skills and attributes, support the transition from study to graduate employment, and enable you to better manage your career in a rapidly evolving global employment market. We offer: 

  • Career Development Programs & Services 
  • Career Development Resources and Platforms 
  • Leadership Development Programs

Visit their website for more information: https://monash.edu/students/future-work/career-connect 

Target: 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

This booth represents two important initiatives aimed at supporting workers and job seekers in Victoria, Australia. Jobs Victoria is offering a range of employment services to help job seekers overcome barriers to finding work. These include job matching, skills training, and ongoing support to succeed in new roles.

Learn more about the Sick Pay Guarantee pilot which provides eligible casual and contract workers with a guarantee they will receive sick pay when they can’t go to work. Casual and contract workers can check their eligibility and apply via the Service Victoria app or website. Because no worker should have to choose between a day’s pay and their health – or the health of a loved one.

Target: 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

Target: 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.

Together with our friends from Altina, we’re bringing you exciting non-alcoholic wines to help you change your relationship with alcohol. Whether you’re looking for a great tasting new drink, taking a night off, or looking to cut out alcohol altogether, non-alcoholic drinks are a great alternative!

Disclaimer: Non-alcoholic wines, including Altina (0.02% ABV), can contain trace amounts of alcohol due to the natural fermentation process. These trace amounts of alcohol are processed by your body faster than you can consume it so you cannot become intoxicated. Many everyday foods such as ripe bananas, kombucha, and fruit juices contain a similar amount of alcohol.

Target 3.5: Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

The Monash University Health Services team is here to help you stay safe even when you’re getting sexy. Chat with the team, pick up your free sexual health packs, get helpful tips to improve your health, and grab goodies to help you stress less!

Target: 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

Target: 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Monash Youth Services (MYS) is a part of the many services that Monash City Council provides to the local community.  MYS offers free and confidential services to young people and the wider community living and accessing the City of Monash. 

Swing by MYS’ booth to pick up some health related materials and interactive activities for your chance to win some cool prizes!

Target: 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

Target: 3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

Taking care of our sexual and reproductive health means being mindful about our periods too! Chat with our reps at the sustainable period booth to have an open and inclusive conversation about periods and learn more about sustainable period products.

This booth and our Sustainability Week Festival welcomes all people who have periods and those without who want to learn more!

Target: 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Recycling and waste can be confusing but the City of Monash is here to help!

Play a fun game of “which bin do I go in?”, score some sustainable prizes, and learn how to properly sort your waste with the experts.

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

At Monash Future Thinkers, we offer an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about Future Thinking.

Future Thinking is a creative thinking tool that we use to create discussions about the future, formulate new and exciting solutions, and innovate for the future of society.

By attending one of our workshops, you will acquire essential Future Thinking skills that will help you become leaders of the future!

Test your knowledge with our trivia game and win some of the prizes on offer. We are also keen to have a chat with you if you are interested in joining a student committee! 

Dressing to impress can be challenging but the MGA is here to help you get work ready! At this booth, you can browse through our donated and thrifted items to find the best outdoor and indoor wear for those business casual environments. By purchasing pre-loved clothing, you will not only reduce the environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry, but you’ll also grab an affordable and practical piece of clothing for your closet.

It gets better! All of the proceeds from the pre-loved booth will go to HoMie – a not-for-profit supporting young people affected by homelessness and hardship to equip them with skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future. Visit HoMie here.

Target: 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

Target: 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Monash’s campus sustainability team is on a mission to remove disposable coffee cups, containers, and all single-use plastics from our campuses!

At this booth, you’ll learn about waste and single use products as part of the Ditch Disposables campaign.

Plus, you’ll have the chance to win some prizes to help you reduce waste on campus! 

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Target: 12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

Chat with the Frankston City Council to learn more about the Sick Pay Guarantee pilot which provides eligible casual and contract workers with a guarantee they will receive sick pay when they can’t go to work.

Casual and contract workers can check their eligibility and apply via the Service Victoria app or website.

Because no worker should have to choose between a day’s pay and their health – or the health of a loved one.

Target: 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

Target: 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.

Visit the MGA Booth to chat with us about our sustainability initiatives, carbon neutral certification, and to provide feedback on our Sustainability Week Festival! Tell us what you liked, what you want to see, and how the MGA can support you on your sustainability journey. By providing your input, you can win some sustainable prizes that help you reduce your waste!

Target: 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Target: 12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.