Sustainability: What's happening around campus

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Sustainability: What's happening around campus


9 September 2016

USC is committed to environmental sustainability and is proud to have some of the greenest university campuses in Australia.

The USC Sustainability Management Committee meets three times a year to discuss sustainability on campus, including projects that impact USC students.

At its most recent meeting, the Committee received a report on the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) Environmental Performance Summary for USC Sippy Downs. The report showed that USC had ranks very high compared to other Universities across all areas of environmental performance. For example, a relative benchmarking analysis of USC’s environmental consumption and expenditure compared to eight QLD Universities, shows that overall USC ranks very high across all areas of environmental performance particularly in terms of consumption and expenditure per EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load). For example, USC ranked:

  • 2nd for lowest energy (GJ) consumed per EFTSL
  • 3rd for lowest emissions generated per EFTSL (net tco2 scope 1 & 2)
  • 2nd for lowest water (kL) consumed per EFTSL
  • 1st for lowest waste (kg) generated per EFTSL
  • 2nd for lowest energy (GJ) cost $ per EFTSL
  • 2nd for lowest water (kL) cost $ per EFTSL

Here’s an update on other issues discussed at the July meeting.

Bicycle facilities/hubs

  • USC’s Asset Management Services (AMS) is currently upgrading the bicycle repair toolkits in the Sippy Downs bike hubs. These toolkits allow students and staff who cycle to campus to repair their bikes if needed.
  • AMS is also investigating options for installing a lockable bike storage facility and toolkit at USC Fraser Coast.
  • AMS has recently adopted a program to restore abandoned/old bikes where practical. The program will use a combination of used and new parts to fix old bikes for resale to USC students or staff at a very low cost. The recycled bikes program is a partnership with Giant Bikes and will commence in 2017.

Land for wildlife seedlings

  • AMS has claimed 300 free seedlings from the Sunshine Coast Council as part of the University’s Land for Wildlife Agreement. The first batch of seedlings has been planted along the Greenlink corridor and in gardens between carpark 2 and 3.

Waterways, lakes and ponds

  • USC has been working to remove invasive Gambusia and relocate native fish from the AMS pond (behind Building D, Sippy Downs). Aquatic weeds have also been removed from the main lake near the Sport Tower.

Carbon management

  • USC is in the early stages of developing a new Carbon Management Plan, which will set targets and identify strategies to reduce USC’s carbon footprint and gradually work towards carbon neutrality with minimal purchasing of carbon offsets.

Waste management/water refill

  • New outdoor bin recycling stations will be installed around the Sippy Downs campus by October 2016.
  • USC has updated its existing policies to incorporate waste management and water refill campus guidelines. This will provide a consistent and formalised outline of USC’s commitment and expectations for implementing these initiatives across all USC campuses.
  • Innovative waste management principles have been included in the new campus cleaning contract, due to begin in October 2016.

For more information about sustainability at USC visit the campus sustainability web page.

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