2014 Winner of ACTS Green Gown Award
Now in their fifth year, the Green Gown Awards are quickly being established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector in Australasia. USC won the 2014 award for Carbon Reduction based on its 'Integrated Waste Management System'. This system has seen on average a 75% reduction in general waste going into landfill and is instead now going into the other streams of organic, paper or recyclables.
2013 Sunshine Coast Council Good Recycler Awards
The University of the Sunshine Coast won its category of the Sunshine Coast Council’s inaugural Good Recycler Awards.
USC won the 'Institution' category for its ongoing rollout of a multiple bin recycling system across the Sippy Downs campus and the introduction of a large composting machine for organic waste.
2013 Premier's Sustainability Awards
USC has been formally recognised as a Queensland leader in sustainability. USC was one of three finalists from 42 nominees. At the awards event, USC was praised for its long-term approach to sustainability, which has involved making the environment a primary consideration at every stage of its development.
Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland)
"The university stands out because it has encouraged creative and individualistic architectural flair, with each development stage adding a different dimension and personality to the campus. Each building is distinctive and a monument to environmentally sustainable design. Creative application of the Sunshine Coast style of architecture has created a modern and memorable institution."
"USC has a distinct ‘sense of place’, which has been achieved through sensitivity to the needs of the regional ecosystem, as well as meeting the needs of campus staff, students and the wider community."
- UDIA (Qld) President Matthew Wallace
In 2012 USC became the first university in Australia to gain full EnviroDevelopment accreditation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for sustainability outcomes across six categories—ecosystems, waste, energy, material, water and community.
Awards for sustainable architecture
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sir Zelman Cowen Award 1997, Commendation for Public Buildings
- Maroochy Excellence in Building and Planning Awards 1998, Energy Efficiency
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Environmental Award 1998
- Maroochy Excellence in Building and Planning Awards 1999, Green Building and Energy Conservation
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Chapter Environment Award 1999
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Sir Zelman Cowen Award 1999, Commendation for Public Buildings
- Energy Efficient Green Building Shire 2002, Silver Merit
- Environment Award and the Public Building Award 2001, Grand Prix Award
- The Harry S Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture