USC is committed to environmental sustainability for the benefit of students, staff and the wider community.
We have installed 6,000+ solar panels to power a “water battery” that will cut our energy use by 40 percent – a first for an Australian university.More...
Carbon neutral by 2025
Carbon Management Plan — A road map to zero net emissions by 2025More...
OSCA the composter
OSCA can process up to 50 tonnes of organic waste per yearMore...
Global Climate Change Week
USC hosted several activities for students and staff the week of 19-23 October in honour of Global Climate Change Week. For more information on the events, including Zoom Q&As and a Poster Competition, visit the GCCW event page.More...
Water Refill Campus Initiative
Refill your water and help us to prevent approximately 40,000 plastic water bottles per year going to landfill.More...
USC Express Shuttle
USC express shuttle service provides low fares for direct USC travel routes to all staff and students.More...
Bring your own cup
And save hundreds of disposable cups from being thrown away each yearMore...
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
Waste and recycling
The latest sustainable newsUSC Newsroom
High-tech sandbox helps farmers visualise water flow23 November 2020
A Civil Engineering Honours student’s Augmented Reality hydrology sandbox will be used by Queensland’s peak horticulture industry body to help teach local growers about water movement in the field.
D’Aguilar graduate studies science of seaweed9 June 2020
With his arms deep in a tub of locally-grown seaweed at the Bribie Island Research Centre, Steele Ford’s job is as hands-on as his recently-completed USC Bachelor of Environmental Science.
Project to benefit reef water quality and grazing2 June 2020
Research by a USC PhD graduate that used the latest drone-based remote sensing techniques to investigate sediment sources to the Great Barrier Reef is the catalyst for a joint project by the University and CSIRO.
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.