Act Local, Think GlobalTell us your ideas and initiatives for Sustainability at the University of Sydney
Each person who uses our campuses has a unique perspective on how the University could be more sustainable, and we want to hear your ideas.
On our ideas wall you can vote for ideas already submitted, add comments to existing ideas, or add a new idea (and watch the votes roll in). Currently doing something in your own community and would like to see it on campus, drop by our "What are you doing?" campaign. Get started by logging in with your Unikey on the upper-right of this page.
In this period of drought, when there's a tap dripping in a bathroom or in a kitchen, cleaners should be reporting this as part of their rounds. I know this would mean an amendment to the current contract, but I really think it would be an improvement over the current process of letting the taps drip for weeks until someone in the office that can use Archibus reports it.
Create baskets for e-waste collection across campus. Many areas are accumulating e-waste and the temptation is to just add to landfill.
We really need electric vehicle charging ports along sections of all our parking areas. UNSW installed some four years ago. Without charging stations, how can we expect our student and staff to swap to energy efficient cars?
The only drawback of first world countries. Why waste a kilometer of toilet paper when one can send all the dirt to oblivion with a small amount of high pressure water from a hand-shower or hand-sprout and get a cleaner area at the same time.
Wipes + dustbin or a gel like 'Satu' would promote this too.
Monash University has a Keep Cup share program in which you can freely take a keep cup, use it to buy your coffee, and return it once you have finished using it, and people are simply hired to wash the cups at the end of each day. The program is obviously based on trust so the cups aren't stolen, but perhaps specially printed cups exclusive to the share program could mitigate this problem.
Paper hand towels can create a lot of waste especially when people use them liberally. Other universities such as the University of Auckland have implemented continuous cloth hand towels which are washable and reusable.
It would be good if there were more student volunteer/job positions that teach other students or staff of sustainable practices. Maybe we could start a group that builds a self-sustainable garden (where cafes or shops on campus can collect their fresh veggies from), have more research projects available for undergrads and postgrads about sustainability, have regular sustainable/eco-friendly events.