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How you can contribute to our sustainability work

By working together as a University community, we can make our campuses more sustainable. Join a program or group today and help us reach our sustainability targets.

Students talking in front of Sustainability Stall at Welcome Week

Sustainability at Welcome Fest 2023

Visit our stall from Wednesday 15 until Friday 17 February (9am to 4pm), to hear about how you can get involved in Sustainability! Learn about our free reusable cup program Green Caffeen and discover how you can get your sustainable idea funded through the Sustainability Action Grant program.

See some of the current Sustainability Action Grants projects and sign up to their events. These include Bee Keeping 101, Balcony Gardening and Seed Swapping event. 

Daily Sustainability Trail Tours will depart from our stall at 1pm and take you on a one hour guided walk of campus sustainability. 

Our stall sits within the University Village section of the festival, in front of the Anderson Stuart Building (F13) on Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus. 

Recycle your old bike, try out a new bike!  Save your old bike from landfill and drop it off at the Revolve Recycling stall during Welcome Week. If you are in the market for a new bike, take a look at the affordable, quality redeployed bikes on offer for sale which all come with complementary first tune up.

Have a chat to the team at the social enterprise, Revolve Recycling about their programs and pick up some Sydney cycling maps, information on free City of Sydney cycling course and how you can sign up to one of the free bike tours leaving from campus to a fun destination within the City of Sydney council area!  

Revolve Recycling will be in the University Village, in front of Anderson Stuart Building, from 9am-4pm each day of Welcome Fest.

Reuse and divert from landfill by joining up to the USYD Circular Economy Hub.

It's an ethical online market place where students and staff can swap, loan, borrow or sell items, saving you money and saving the earth from destructive waste.

Come and sign up to the hub and take an item for free! Items include; clothing, books, crockery and other items.

USYD Circular Economy Hub is supported through a collaboration between Rosella Street, City of Sydney Council and the University of Sydney. 

Hands planting a small srub

Green Impact

A University wide staff and student sustainability action program, Green Impact is a friendly competition to see which team can complete the most sustainable actions in 6 months. It's a tangible way to be a the forefront of sustainability and develop leadership skills to embed sustainable actions into every day.

Green Caffeen reusable coffee cup with the University logo on it

Green Caffeen

Did you know that on average 30,000 takeaway coffee cups are used on our Camperdown/Darlington campus each week? If you're buying a coffee to go on Camperdown/Darlington, Camden or the Sydney Conservatorium of Music campuses, make sure you ask for your drink in a Green Caffeen cup.

You have 30 days to return your Green Caffeen cup to any participating café (on or off campus) and can have two cups checked out at a time. The cups are made from recycled materials and manufactured in Brisbane. The program will be expanded to more campuses later in the year. Download the Green Caffeen app on your phone and say goodbye to that ‘forgot my cup’ guilt!

University of Sydney Union logo

USU and Sustainability

The University of Sydney Union is committed to a sustainable future for our campus community. They have made commitments ensuring sustainability is embedded into all that they do – from their events and cafés to their student programs and facilities.

USU run a range of events and programs throughout the year with a sustainability focus.

If you have an idea or would like to help USU with its mission to make USYD the most sustainable campus in Australia, contact sustainability@usu.edu.au

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