Additional paid leave for undertaking volunteer work to combat climate change. Approved volunteer work could include landcare/tree planting activities, volunteer firefighting training, clean-up events, training AI on waste/litter identification, dozens of other ideas, but let's start with the obvious. A paid day's leave to supervise the installation of solar panels on the home (salary sacrifice/nova-leasing on solar panels?).... more »
Engagement and awareness of sustainability
Creating and implementing a culture of sustainability.
Besides the market on Eastern Ave every two weeks (can't remember, I never go there), what about a sustainable market day eg. once a month or once per semester? Flea market stalls, food trucks with no disposable cutlery, OzHarvest, societies selling baked goods etc.
Students could buy a spot (or even better, USYD students get a free spot!) and sell their old stuff too.
Establish some new regulations around funding requirements for internal University grants and schemes whereby any successful projects need to show that they have considered the environmental implications of their work, with preferential ratings for submissions that have a strong sustainability plan/practice in place.
Establish a University funded Green Hackathon to encourage students and researchers to come together to innovate and develop new ideas, infrastructure and technology for a sustainable future. This could be sponsored by various NGOs but the University would need to allocate real funding to show their support for action on climate change. We need to harness the skills and knowledge that already exist within the University... more »