USC has an active program of sustainability initiatives that addresses both large-scale issues such as energy, waste, recycling and the campus environment, and targeted activities such as the development and use of green cleaning practices.
USC is a flora and fauna reserve, spread over 100 hectares
Clean energy is more than just a lesson at USC – it’s how we will power our largest campus.
Waste and recycling
Travel to campus by bike or jump on the USC Express shuttle
USC's strategic position on sustainability
Campus buildings focus on environmentally sustainable design
Our practices have been acknowledged through a series of national awards
Sustainability, aquaculture and forestry are the core research foci at USC
The latest sustainable news
How pine tree residue could help power Queensland9 Mar
Bioenergy produced from harvest waste across South East Queensland’s pine plantations could significantly reduce net carbon emissions and nurture an emerging industry, according to research led by the University of the Sunshine Coast.
How many tree species live on our planet?1 Feb
A USC conservation scientist unafraid to go out on a limb – or crawl through thorny vines, or trek remote forests in storms – is among a group of global researchers who can now answer the question: How many tree species exist in the world?
Swimwear designer draws the line at fishing waste18 Jan
Animal Ecology graduate El Pierce, who expanded her passion for the marine environment to designing swimwear made from recycled fishing nets, is a finalist in a national competition for aspiring young female entrepreneurs.
USC is committed to achieving sustainability in terms of teaching, research and how it operates. It is important to measure what we accomplish in this space in order to understand what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. The University captures measurable data where possible and qualitative information where measurable data is not available. USC feeds this information into internal and external reporting processes. USC has developed a biennial Sustainability Report to highlight sustainability initiatives achieved, transparently track progress towards actions set out in the University's Carbon Management Plan and identify priority areas for the upcoming two-year period.
The 2018/2019 USC Sustainability Report is currently available for download.
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Carbon neutral by 2025
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OSCA the composter
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Water Refill Campus Initiative
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USC Express Shuttle
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