get involved

Our goal is to develop not only a sustainable infrastructure for the University, but an environmentally-minded community that supports sustainable habits and practices. Staff and students can each do their part to achieve better standards of resource efficiency and waste prevention on campus with simple actions and a more environmentally-minded approach to your daily routine.

Easy ways to be a sustainable student

  1. Bring bottles for bubblers - bring a water bottle to uni and fill it up at the water stations around campus. It’s cheaper than buying bottled water, and reduces waste.
  2. Get on your bike! Riding to uni saves you money on petrol and parking and saves the environment the trouble of dealing with more exhaust fumes. We have plenty of bike racks on campus, with more to come.
  3. Printing is so passé - before you print, think: do you really need to print that? Printing your assignments is one thing, printing 100 pages of lecture notes is another. At the very least, print double-sided.
  4. The big turn off - surveys have shown that the majority of monitors in computer labs and library spaces are left on after use. With one poke of a button, you can help keep energy use as efficient as possible.
  5. A cup to keep - the daily coffee is a life or death necessity for many of us on campus. Most takeaway coffee cups are non-recyclable (thanks to a special plastic lining inside the cup), reusable cups are not only far more beneficial to the environment, they’re also great for travel. You can buy University of Sydney cups from various outlets on campus (or at the Sustainable Campus tent at O-Week for a discounted price).

Reuseable bottles


Water fountains


Ride to campus


Reuseable cups

Upcoming events

We run and participate in a number of sustainability-related events and initiatives throughout the year – and encourage students to get involved.

Group of cyclists

Get rolling

Get rolling
In partnership with RPA and the City of Sydney, the University of Sydney is running a cycling information day and a series of Rusty Riders courses in September.

Cycling information day
11.45am – 1.15pm, Tuesday 16 September
Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub, John Hopkins Drive
Includes cycling information, maps, giveaways and the opportunity to ‘sit and ride’.

Rusty Riders courses
17, 18, 22, 24 and 25 Sept, 5pm – 7.30pm
Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub, John Hopkins Drive
City of Sydney are running a number of free Rusty Riders courses for students and staff who need to build up their confidence on their bicycles before heading out on the road.
Limited places are available, secure your spot now.
Please bring your own bicycle and helmet.


Ride to university

Ride2Uni Day
7.30–10.00am,Wednesday 15 October
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus

Show your support for a sustainable campus and jump on a bike for Ride2Uni Day. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or an absolute beginner, join your fellow cyclists for a free light breakfast and bike tune-up, and enter a competition to win a free bike service and cycling accessories.

Riding to uni improves your health, alleviates stress and saves you money.

Don’t forget to register for your free breakfast and come wearing a helmet.

Walk to Uni Day, November
Nothing beats a good stroll, especially when you know you’re saving pollution, energy and money and burning calories instead of fossil fuels.

Past events

Wasted@Sydney event

Wasted@Sydney event

30 July, 1pm – 2pm
Eastern Avenue and The Quadrangle

In partnership with Sydney Environmental Institute staff and students from across the University converged on the usually pristine lawns of the Quad to pull up their sleeves and sort bags of garbage – all in the name of raising awareness about improving recycling on campus and to launch the rollout of new office waste and recycling stations in key buildings across campus.

Of the 200kg of general waste sorted, 57% was separated out for recycling; 16% paper and 41% mixed recycling (plastic containers, glass, tins, paper etc.)

Join our Student Network

We are recruiting passionate, keen students to help us create a sustainable campus. By volunteering in our student network, you can contribute to the cause in various ways. You can assist at major events, provide ideas and feedback for our sustainability initiatives, and be a super ambassador for all things sustainable!

If you’re interested in joining up, or would like to know more, email: