Sustainability

In addition to our own research and advocacy for sustainable practices, Sydney Environment Institute is committed supporting The University of Sydney’s sustainability plan.

Part of the University of Sydney’s strategic vision is to ensure we reduce the environmental footprint, so we’re finding ways to operate more sustainably through a range of practical strategies.

Energy and Carbon

Energy efficiency is aimed at reducing the University’s energy consumption costs through strategies, systems, procurement and development. Some of the energy and carbon reduction activities undertaken by the University in recent years include:

  • Building management and control system (BMCS) energy optimisation
  • Building retro-commissioning projects
  • Real-time energy data at majority of buildings on main campus
  • Upgrading of lighting systems to LED and motion sensors
  • Integrated controls of lighting, HVAC and AV systems in lecture theatres

Clean Energy

The University is playing a role in clean energy generation and has one of the largest city rooftop solar installations in NSW. The solar systems will generate over 950,000 kWh of clean energy and save 795 tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year. Our commitment does not stop there, as we continue to deliver the campus improvement program, we will when practical integrate solar on our new buildings. Link to infographic

Sustainable construction

The University’s Sustainability Framework is a bespoke environmental assessment method and rating system for new developments on campus. The Sustainability Framework has a rating scale to reward environmentally sustainable design features that go beyond standard industry practice, Bronze (65%), Silver (70%), Gold (75%) and Platinum (80%).  Key themes include:

  1. Leadership and communication
  2. Resource Efficiency
  3. Healthy Environment
  4. Materials
  5. Climate Change, Landscape and Infrastructure
  6. Sustainable Transport

The Abercrombie Business School, 2015 achieved Sustainability Framework Bronze rating. Key ESD features include:

  • 22% more energy efficient than a Building Code Australia (BCA) compliant building
  • External shading and high performance façade
  • Efficient electrical and mechanical systems
  • Sophisticated building management systems and lighting controls
  • 79kW rooftop solar PV system
  • 160,000L rainwater capture and reuse to cooling towers and landscape irrigation
  • End of trip hub – 400 bicycle parking spaces, 8 shower facilities and 58 lockers.
  • Resource recovery and waste management

In 2015 we began rolling out the centralised recycling station initiative across buildings in our main Camperdown-Darlington campuses. This initiative removes individual desk bins and introduced mixed recycling on campus.

  • Yellow recycling bin – for plastic bottles, containers and cups, glass bottles, metal cans, wet paper towels, dirty paper and cardboard (such as pizza boxes).
  • Red landfill bin – for everything that can’t be recycled including food waste, disposable coffee cups, and some plastic packaging and bags.
  • Blue paper/cardboard bin – for clean, printed paper and cardboard, including stapled documents and magazines.

In addition to these strategies, the Sydney Environment Institute is actively working towards extending the scope of the Universities sustainability strategies, through working closely with Campus Infrastructure Services to create further positive changes on campus.

The University has its own Sustainability Framework; a bespoke environmental assessment method and rating system for new developments on campus.

We play a role in clean energy generation with one of the largest city rooftop solar installations in NSW.