A Partnership for our future
Our partnership with Carbon Neutral Adelaide is our long-term commitment to a sustainable future for South Australia.
Carbon Neutral Adelaide is an initiative of the State Government and Adelaide City Council to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city. In 2016, the University of Adelaide became the first founding partner and remains the largest institution to support the initiative. Our partnership represents our commitment to showcasing and investing in innovative low-carbon solutions that will help create a sustainable future for South Australia and for our students.
Operationally, the University has committed $14.4 million dollars through a new Campus Sustainability Plan, including more than $12 million for emission reduction projects like solar, efficient lighting and building optimisation. Feasibility studies are being developed for collaborative low-carbon projects such as micro-grids, innovative bio-energy generation and electric vehicle charging stations.
In the teaching space, we are preparing our students to be the thought-leaders needed to implement the low-carbon economy strategy and our Energy Management students are working on projects based around achieving the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan. Events like the Climate-KIC Climathon and Australian e-challenge allow students from all faculties to be involved in finding solutions to global challenges and develop strategic business thinking for entrepreneurial ventures.
In the research space, the Adelaide Smart Cities consortium of more than 50 academics are testing prototypes in the IOT and IOE space, in order to develop smart, sustainable solutions to everyday problems. Staff in key research areas like the Environment Institute, continue to deliver outstanding research across environmental sciences and climate adaptation.
The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership has led to greater visibility of the University’s sustainability commitments, grant funding opportunities for projects, and importantly, new working relationships between the University, the State Government and Adelaide City Council. The Partnership serves to inspire other organisations into action and provide opportunities for our staff and students to apply their knowledge to projects that will directly impact our city.
This project has been shortlisted for an ACTS Green Gown Award in the Community category.