The University needs to power our campus with renewably sourced energy. The University spent $28million on their electricity bill in 2018, derived from our contract with Stanwell Corporation who primarily invest in Fossil Fuel assets. We need to support a just transition to renewable energy sources!
Composting of all organic waste that would otherwise go into land fills. USyd community garden group already do this in a small way and could help with rolling this out across the entire campus. See link (https://www.facebook.com/groups/594864013930362/?ref=group_header).
Many rooms / lecture theatres and offices around the Uni are governed by building-wide air conditioning. We understand that this is to avoid wasteful energy use that can occur if the temperature is set too low/high, however it would be great if each lecture theatre, classroom and office floor could at least have an on/off button. Sometimes a room is unnecessarily cold in summer or unnecessarily hot in winter and the energy... more »
If the University is fair dinkum about sustainability, then divest all investment in coal industries.
The Fisher library building has an enormous concrete balcony outside the staff room, which I believe is no longer accessible. If the university has no plans to return it to its intended function, perhaps it could be turned into a rooftop garden, which would be a habitat for birds and insects. Perhaps we could even have beehives there. In its present state, all it does is radiate heat and house pigeons!
The idea of the Great Tree Planting arose from new research showing that planting trees is the single most effective thing we can do to save the planet from climate crisis.Ethiopia, which had 35% forestation in the 1980s and now has 4% forestation, recently mobilised 20m people, a quarter of its population, to plant an estimated 200m trees. Wouldn't it be amazing if we mobilised the 7500 staff and 70,000 students here... more »
Remove single use plastic from UniBuy, especially for catering purposes.
There should be a return and earn bottle/can and glass recycling machine at the university. While it is a secondary solution for plastic and waste production, it would help reduce waste on campus. From my knowledge, there are no bottle recycling stations at USYD or the surrounding suburbs including Glebe, Newtown and Broadway so it would be an ideal spot for it.
I am entering this under the water category as cigarette butts frequently end up in water ways and leach toxic chemicals such as nicotine and heavy metals into our water. (More information: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/cigarettes-story-of-plastic/ ) While we have banned smoking on campus, there are some spots on campus or in the surrounding area that are full of cigarette butts. I think we need... more »
Stop providing disposable cups, glasses, plates at any catered events in this university. Provide reusables and call for volunteers to help with washing up. For smaller and more informal events, ask attendees to BYO their cups and/or glasses.
Phase out single use coffee cups, with a goal of banning them entirely. We could implement something like this scheme from the Inner West Council https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/zero-waste/swap-and-go-coffee-cups
Discounts at participating cafes around campus for students who bring keep cups to encourage use of reusable coffee cups.
Utilise recycled grey water (eg from sinks and showers), or captured rainwater for flushing. Look into installing on-cistern sinks as a quick win with minimal infrastructure adjustments needed (see image for eg). Sydney uses more water per person than Melbourne and the dam levels are getting dangerously low (see "troubled waters" article in staff news: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/09/27/troubled-waters--experts-comment-on-the-drought-and-water-policy.html?tc=edm|staff-news-brnd|mc-staff|||)... more »
E-waste collection bins for batteries, old/broken mobile phones, headphones etc etc at all front-facing customer service points (libraries, student contact centres, computer labs, eateries etc). Collection contracts should only be entered into with reliable, ethical collectors with transparent supply chains and fair labour practices. UTS has had battery collection points for some time, and while USyd does have them, they... more »