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5 tips to be more sustainable at uni

19 August 2019
Practical ways you can help the environment
From re-usable coffee cups to recycling old study notes, here’s five simple ways you can become a more environmentally friendly human day-to-day.

The University of Sydney is committed to developing a more sustainable and future focused learning environment. As part of the University’s sustainability strategy, we want to know what’s important to you so that we can work together as a community to help protect our planet.

1. BYO coffee cup

At least 20,000 take-away coffee cups are thrown away every week on campus. Why not BYO? You  don’t need to spend your precious dollars on a fancy new re-usable cup, you can just grab a mug from the kitchen and pop it in your bag on your way out the door – our friendly campus baristas are always glad to see you bring your own mug, cup, glass or jar!

We encourage all students and staff to BYO containers and plates as well as cups when dining at any of our outlets. In the future we would love to see USYD as a zero single-use waste campus.
University of Sydney Union (USU)

2. Re-use and recycle

As a University community, we make up 69,547 people – that’s nearly the size of Coffs Harbour! If we all commit to using the yellow recycling bins located outside every classroom, and limiting the amount of printing we do – we can make a real impact to the health of our planet. Brush up on the kinds of things that can be recycled and start turning your rubbish into resolutions.

3. Be part of the solution

As the University develops it’s new sustainability strategy, you will play a key role. By using the voice of our staff, students and our community, this strategy will aim to put our research into practise across our campuses. Share what’s important to you and be heard by University leaders to inform future priorities.

We have the ability, knowledge and resources to create a culture and practice of sustainability. We just need the support and engagement from everyone across our University community to bring it all together to enact real, innovative and impactful change.
Professor David Schlosberg

4. Vintage markets

The USU runs monthly sustainable vintage markets where you can pick up a rockin’ outfit for an absolute bargain. There’s no need to go all out and buy brand new clothes, you can simply give pre-loved gear a new home. While you’re at it, why not sell that denim jacket that’s been collecting dust at the back of your closet? Chances are you’ll make someone’s day, and earn some extra cash!

5. Pedal power

Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Take the test and see, it might be more than you think - especially if you’re driving into uni every day. Why not make the change and start using public transport, or better yet ride your bike! With dozens of secure bike parking stations across our campuses, it’s an easy solution that the ozone will thank you for. Here’s a useful cycle guide to help you get started.

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