Achievements

The University has undertaken a range of carbon reduction projects, environmental initiatives and engagement activities to kick off the sustainable transformation of our buildings, grounds and campus culture.

Roseworthy Student Garden

Infrastructure improvements

Investment in facilities and grounds has been key to improving the efficiency of our buildings, adapting to an increasingly unstable climate, and enhancing the university experience.

Campus improvements include:

  • Reduced carbon emissions by 22%.
  • Installed 2 megawatts of solar PV, including a 1.2 megawatt Solar Farm at Roseworthy.
  • Launched the first Campus Sustainability Plan in 2016.
  • Transitioned all retail packaging to 100% compostable.
  • Supported 50+ on-campus sustainability projects with $900k of Green Project Funding.
  • Embedded sustainable design principles into Infrastructure planning and processes.
  • Installed 17 water refill stations.
  • Transitioned all campus retailers to 100% compostable packaging.
  • Introduced a comprehensive recycling program for general and specialist items.
  • Installed 2,100+ recycling bins.
  • Established edible gardens at each campus.
  • Recycled 115+ tonnes of e-waste.

Engagement activities

Through collaboration, creativity and personal connection, the Ecoversity program has been key to engaging with tens of thousands of staff and students.

Communication and engagement achievements since 2008 include:

  • Hosted 180+ Ecoversity events, seminars and workshops on campus.
  • Employed nine Ecoversity Interns.
  • Supervised 70+ student coursework internships.
  • Sponsored 47 undergraduates through the Ecoversity Award to attend sustainability-related conferences in Australia and abroad.
  • Won two Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards in 2021 for the Compostables on Campus Campaign (Circular Economy) and Roseworthy Solar Farm (People's Choice).
  • Won five Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Green Gown Awards and shortlisted for six others.
  • Sponsored more than 30 students to attend seminars and environmental events in Australia.
  • Co-hosted five community events with OzHarvest and the National Wine Centre, feeding more than 10,000 people with meals made of 'rescued' ingredients.
  • Trained 45 Green Steps student graduates.
  • Opened Treadly on Campus to support staff and student cyclists.

*Statistics as at 1 January 2020.