The University is operating more sustainably through a range of practical initiatives. Currently we are consulting with our community to develop a University-wide sustainability strategy that will help prioritise where we can make the most impact.
We are committed to managing our waste as sustainably as possible. Through the 'Better Recycling, Less Waste' campaign, the University introduced centralised recycling and waste stations in all office areas, kitchens and general teaching spaces across our main campuses – Camperdown and Darlington.
We are now planning the rollout of our Better Recycling Less Waste initiative to our satellite campuses. This will mean a consistent approach to resource recovery and waste management across University campuses.
We provide the following resource recovery systems.
We are committed to building a sustainable campus and sustainable energy, thanks to our rooftop solar projects. We currently have rooftop solar systems installed on 20 buildings, which generates more than 1 MWh (1000 kilowatt hours) of solar energy per annum.
Investing in solar energy produces bottom line results and reduces our carbon emissions, ultimately saving the University money. As we continue to deliver the Campus Improvement Program, we will continue practical integration of solar energy on our new buildings.
Our current solar buildings include the following.
Our Sustainability Framework ensures our built environment is resource efficient, cost effective for our daily operations and provides improved environmental, economic and social benefits to students, staff and surrounding communities.
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 in-ground 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.
Join the Ground Up Facebook group to keep up to date on garden news and upcoming working bees and events.