Staff Survey Results

17 February 2010

The recent online staff survey hosted by Sustainable Campus, was an opportunity to gather thoughts and feedback on staff viewson how the University is dealing with Sustainability issues and, for people to consider their own engagement with sustainability at a workplace level. Held in December last year, 164 staff members completed the survey from a range of Faculties and Professional Service Units. This report will give a brief overview of the survey results.

Staff Engagement

62% of respondents reported havingengaged with some kind of environmental sustainability issue in their workplace, a very encouraging statistic. The main areas engagements were waste, energy and water (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Staff Engagement with Issues in their Workpalce
Figure 1: Staff Engagement with Issues in their Workpalce

Turning off the lights or shutting down your computer can often seem like a waste of time. These small actions, however, add up to significant savings in carbon emissions and can be a great way to introduce other staff members to sustainability issues. According to a recentaudti of the University's energy usage,office equipment and lighting together contribute to 30% of the Universities total energy bill. For more ideas on energy saving tips see the recentenergy saving tips article.

Waste is anissue that staff is strongly engaged with in the workplace. Similarly to energy usage, waste is something people can help reduce through strategic localized initiatives. The University currently supports the following services to assist staff and students in reducing waste;Paper and Cardboard,Toner and Print Cartridges,E-Waste,Hazardous liquids and solids.

The University has also just started a trial of reverse-vending machines managed by Envirobank Pty Ltd. Two units have been installed by the Economics and Business Faculty to capture PET and aluminum recylates. If this trial proves successful, there is the potential for this product to be rolled out throughout the University.

University Engagement

As expected, the local workplace issues in which staff is engaged were strongly reflected in the issues on which they felt the University should be focusing its efforts. Saving energy (noted by 77% of respondents) and reducing waste (noted by 63% of respondents) were again the two main issues, followed by building greener buildings and saving water. These are all areas that the University has been pursuing through programs such as the Energy Savings Action Plan, Waste Auditing and recycling programs, the Green Building Guidelines, and the Water Savings Action Plan. For more information on what the University is doing in each of these areas and others, please visit the Sustainable Campus website.


The Sustainable campus team would once again like to thank everyone who completed the survey. Regular feedback from staff is crucial for the development of the program.

Would you like to be more involved in sustainability at your workplace? Then think about becoming part of the Sustainable Workplace Team.

Contact: Joel Turner

Phone: 02 91140946

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