We’re finding ways to operate more sustainably through a range of practical strategies. We have prioritised energy and water consumption, waste management, recycling and transport as key areas for improvement.
Our Sustainability Framework aims to ensure our built environment is resource efficient, operationally cost-effective and provides improved environmental, economic and social benefits to student, staff and surrounding communities.
Our current projects include:
In 2013, we recovered and recycled 71% of general waste and 97% of electronic waste in a dedicated effort to improve recycling rates across campus. Our goal is to reach 80% across all campuses.
We are rolling out recycling stations across the Camperdown/Darlington Campus that separate plastics, glass and cans from paper and cardboard.
To help us benchmark progress, we capture and report on our consumption, waste generation and carbon emissions across our campuses. We are also implementing a system to monitor energy and water consumption across our buildings in real time.
Water is a precious resource and essential in maintaining our natural landscapes, which are an important part of our campuses. Our water conservation initiatives include:
To help reduce the impact of motor vehicles, we’re developing a transport and mobility plan to create a more accessible, pedestrian-friendly environment.
Located on Maze Crescent opposite the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the Ground Up Community Garden brings staff and students together to learn and practise urban horticulture.
Our aim is to promote sustainable, organic food production by cultivating healthy, home-grown produce. We work together to plant, grow, harvest and share the produce from 12 inground plots, six raised beds and numerous planter bags.
Volunteers are always welcome to join in our regular working bees and learn about composting, worm farms, weeding, mulching, companion planting, water-efficient irrigation systems and more.
Working bees run during the summer on Thursdays (4.30pm–6.30pm) and the second Saturday of each month (10.30am–2.30pm).