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.
Carbon neutral by 2025
Carbon Management Plan — A road map to zero net emissions by 2025
OSCA the composter
OSCA can process up to 50 tonnes of organic waste per year
Bring your own cup
And save hundreds of disposable cups from being thrown away each year
Water Refill Campus Initiative
Refill your water and help us to prevent approximately 40,000 plastic water bottles per year going to landfill.
USC Express Shuttle
USC express shuttle service provides low fares for direct USC travel routes to all staff and students.
USC has an active program of sustainability initiatives that address 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.
Biodiversity and environment
USC is a flora and fauna reserve, spread over 100 hectaresLearn more
Clean energy is more than just a lesson at USC – it’s how we will power our largest campus.Learn more
USC is a Water Refill campus and offers free chilled filtered waterLearn more
Waste and recycling
USC has adopted measures to manage and minimise our wasteLearn more
Travel to campus by bike or jump on the USC Express shuttleLearn more
USC's strategic position on sustainabilityLearn more
Campus buildings focus on environmentally sustainable designLearn more
Our practices have been acknowledged through a series of national awardsLearn more
Sustainability, aquaculture and forestry are the core research foci at USCLearn more
Take the passion you have to make a difference and turn it into the job you do every day.Learn more
The future is clean
As the world grapples with the impacts of climate change, we need skilled and passionate people who can help lead the way towards a cleaner economy.Learn more
The latest sustainable news
Clever campus cooling system shines again
Within weeks of claiming a major global environmental award, USC Australia’s creative use of solar energy to cool its Sunshine Coast campus has shone again in the Australasia region.
Sunny approach to cooling campus wins global award
A system that uses solar energy to provide air conditioning across an entire campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast has claimed a rather cool international award in Iceland.
USC unveils a new way to power universities
USC has switched on an unconventional new system that will slash 40 percent of grid energy use at its largest campus.
Professor of Sustainability recognised for life work
USC Professor of Sustainability Tim Smith has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) in recognition of more than two decades of human geography research.