Energy and emissions footprint

First class train travel instead of economy plane travel

When I was at another University the university encouraged people to choose first class train travel and stay an extra day instead of quick plane travel in cramped economy. It was good for the environment, and reduced stress as people took the slow approach and took in the journey and not just the destination. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190918-some-firms-give-more-time-off-to-those-who-shun-plane-travel... more »


Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill


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).


Energy and emissions footprint

100% Renewable Energy Powered Campus

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!


Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill

Recycling single-use lab plastics

Laboratories use a massive amount of single-use plasticware that is sent to landfill. There are ways of decontaminating these plastics,a and recycling them:




Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill

Create a re-use/recycle strategy for the life cycle of buildings

Appreciating that demolitions, refurbishments and new buildings are a constant at Universities, I think we should create a process to ensure we're recycling and re-using as much as we can of buildings throughout this process. This would involve: demolition works being geared towards recycling as much as possible of the building materials so they can be re-used or recycled into new building materials, and also creating... more »

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Biodiversity and landscape

Campus Flora app

While this app has already been built and exists on our app store, raising awareness and utilising it in case of a field day / tutorial of experiential learning for students of biology etc., using it as part of Campus Walks / Campus tours for visitors or Open Day potential students or even part of peer mentoring, aligned with our "Unique Sydney experience" 2020 strategy pillar


Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill

Return to better quality canvas giveaway bags

The red bags the University gave away during Welcome Week/O-Week and Open Days used to be made of sturdy canvas, and are now flimsy and feel quite plastic-y. I get that it would be significantly cheaper to go down this path, but these new bags deteriorate and break within weeks or months (this is the feedback from students). If we're supposed to be a sustainable organisation, why is our first point of contact with many... more »


Biodiversity and landscape

Green walls and balconies

Adding green walls and planters to the buildings and balconies around campus with waterwise natives will increase aesthetics, provide pollinators a safe 'stop over' as well as reducing the need for airconditioning due to the shading effects. Especially on the balconies of the new administration building to match up with the kangaroo paws/grasses between F23 and Carslaw.


Responsible travel and transport

Cycleways to campus

Improve 'active transport' to campus by lobbying local government for more cycleways/greenways to and around campus.

Increase 'end of trip' facilities and safety/security (eg, student/staff swipe access to bike lockups and lockers, CCTV at all bike racks).

Make it easier to ride to campus than it is to drive or incentivise active transport.


Energy and emissions footprint

Severing Ties to + Investments in Fossil Fuel + Arms Industries

The Chancellor is the chairwoman of tech company Thales Australia, which builds railways for coal mines, but also weapons of mass destruction. 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions, the world's biggest polluter is the U.S. military. Universities should not be institutions which profit at the expense of people and planet. They should not be promoting the social license of fossil fuel companies. There... more »


Reducing waste and our contribution to landfill

Paperless coursework, textbooks and research

All resources to enable learning and teaching should be "by default" delivered digitally. This would significantly cut down on printing costs as well as our tree-murder footprint. This should include things like; > All assignment submissions are digital > All marking occurs digitally > All mandatory textbooks are available digitally > No printing of emails > Meeting notes/collaboration resources are distributed and consumed... more »


Biodiversity and landscape

Rooftop garden at Fisher

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!