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.
A new initiative to help us achieve our target recycling rate of 80% across the University. We are installing new waste and recycling stations around campus as part of the campaign.
Our Sustainability Framework ensures 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:
The University of Sydney and Sydney University Sports and Fitness are introducing a Pesticides Use Notification Plan in response to the 2017 revision of the Pesticides Regulation.
The community is invited to make their comments on the notification processes. You are able to access the Notification Plan in two ways:
You may comment on the Notification Plan by contacting Julie Parsons, CIS Community Engagement Manager. Public consultation on the Pesticides Use Notification Plan will be conducted until 14 May 2018.
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 Sydney School 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).