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Our Achievements

We are proud of the University's sustainability accomplishments!

  • 2017
    • Launched a new Campus Sustainability Plan, a $14.4m four-year plan that will begin the University of Adelaide's transition to low-carbon operations.
    • Won three ACTS Green Gown Awards: 
      • Student Engagement (Adelaide Sustainability Association)
      • Facilities & Services (Schulz 'Artificial Neural Network' BMS upgrade) - Highly Commended
      • Community (Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership) - Highly Commended
    • Shortlisted for two ACTS Green Gown Awards for Staff Achievement (Dr Charlie Hargroves) and Creating Impact (Ecoversity Award funding program)
    • Provided $20k of Ecoversity Award funding to 13 undergraduates to attend sustainability-related conferences and events in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and Malaysia
    • Funded 6 sustainability projects through the Green Project Fund, ranging from power consumption awareness to promoting more sustainable academic travel
    • Hosted four Be Safe, Be Seen cycle safety sessions in collaboration with BikeSA
    • Co-hosted Think.Eat.Save. community event with OzHarvest and the National Wine Centre, feeding 2,000 people with meals made of rescued ingredients
  • 2016
    • The University became the first founding partner of Carbon Neutral Adelaide
    • Provided $10k of Ecoversity Award funding to 9 undergraduates to attend sustainability-related conferences and events in Australia and the USA
    • Installed a food scrap recycling bin in Hub Central, helping to increase organic recycling rates on North Terrace campus by 15%
    • Shortlisted for two ACTS Green Gown Awards for Staff Achievement (Ben Pike) and Student Achievement (Daniel Conley). 
    • Hosted Green Steps @ Adelaide (sustainability training) for 14 students
    • Cycling Skills Program incorporating 7 events with more than 150 staff and student cyclists
    • Co-hosted the Think.Eat.Save. OzHarvest community event, feeding more than 1,700 people with meals made of rescued food
    • Kick ya Bin is rolled out to the whole of the Waite campus
    • Installed battery and mobile phone recycling stations at all campuses
    • Funded 4 sustainability projects through the Green Project Fund, including energy sub-metering at Roseworthy campus and a Smart Cities mobile App  
  • 2015
    • Installed 30kW solar power on the Roseworthy Equine Centre
    • Engaged with more than 1,300 students at Ecoversity events, including during Fairtrade Fortnight and on Ride to Uni Day
    • Funded 6 sustainability projects through the Green Project Fund, including LED lighting upgrades, solar PV installation and Aquaponics Water Reuse
    • Opened the Waite Community Garden
    • Shortlisted for two ACTS Green Gown Awards for Student Engagement (Fair Trade Collective) and Student Achievement (Jason Tran).
    • Co-hosted the Think.Eat.Save. OzHarvest community event on the Goodman Lawns, feeding more than 1500 meals made from rescued food
    • Hosted Green Steps @ Adelaide sustainability training program for 15 students
    • Re-housed 600+ items through the Furniture Re-Use Program, saving University staff more than $140k in new furniture costs and preventing nearly 10 tonnes of landfill
    • Supported the UoA Fair Trade Collective to host the Fairly Educated Conference in Adelaide
  • 2014
    • Installed 30kW solar power on the Vet School
    • Opened the Hub Student Edible Garden
    • Think. Eat. Save. OzHarvest community event, feeding more than 1200 people
    • Ride to Uni event with 400 Registered riders
    • Funded 6 sustainability projects through the Green Project Fund, including e-assessment support, fume cupboard energy saving and Waite Community Garden
    • Hosted the first Green Steps @ Adelaide training program for 16 students
    • Produced Green Project videos for the Student Co-Op and Waste Watchers
    • Launched the Furniture Re-Use Program, re-housing nearly 200 items and saving University staff more than $45k in new furniture costs
    • Partnered with Apple to host a University and community e-recycling event
    • Installed more than 90+ office recycling stations in the Library, Law School and 9 Gawler place
    • Sponsored 6 students to attend the Fairly Educated Conference in Brisbane
  • 2013
    • Refashioned the University’s Sustainability Policy to align with a 5 year Sustainability Plan.
    • Green Project Fund: 6 sustainability projects on campus including, solar on Sports and Childcare buildings, Student Co-Op start-up funding, LED lighting upgrades and more!
    • Kick ya Bin program in Rundle Mall Plaza and 9 Gawler Place
    • Recycled around 15 tonnes of e-Waste
    • Fair Trade Forum event
    • Fairly Educated student conference sponsorship
    • ReUSEathon event – re-housed surplus office equipment and stationery for students
    • Joined the Adelaide Carpool Program
    • Feeding 5000 Oz Harvest event
    • Ride to Work Day event with 200 registed riders
    • Highly commended at Green Gown Awards in the Student Initiatives Category for 'Waste Watchers – Bin Monsters Come Alive'
    • Participated in the Adelaide City Council’s Tour de Work program
    • Joined the City Switch Program
    • Funded the Roseworthy Vet School 30kW Solar Installation
    • Produced Green Project Videos for Green Composting at the Vet School and LED lighting in the Mechanical Engineering Workshop
    • Waste and energy audits at The Village accommodation services
    • Installed water re-fill stations at North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy
  • 2012
    • Launched the University's Green Loan Fund program and hosted the first Green Loan Fund Showcase
    • Established the Sustainability Governance Committee
    • Completed Sustainability Assessments with the Nursing School, Business School and Adelaide Microscopy
    • Participated in a Go8 carbon emissions modelling project
    • Implemented the Wipe Out Waste and Kick ya Bin pilots with 700 staff on the North Terrace Campus
    • Installed new outdoor recycling stations at Waite, Roseworthy and North Terrace
    • Hosted the first Reuseathon, redistributing hundreds of excess office and stationery items and to students
    • Recycled more than 15 tonnes of e-waste
    • Doubled recycling rates in the Hub with a student focused waste and recycling campaign, Waste Watchers
    • Fostered the Waite Integrated Water Management Plan
    • Became the state's first Fair Trade accredited University
    • Sponsored 6 students to attend the Fairly Educated Conference
    • Sponsored 5 students to attend the Students of Sustainability Conference
    • Developed Walking & Cycling Guides for the North Terrace & Waite Campuses
    • Audited end of trip facilities on the North Terrace and Waite Campuses
    • Hosted Ride to Work/Uni Day celebrations with over 300 registered riders
    • Provided 2,000 pedal powered smoothies for visitors at Open Day
  • 2011
    • Won a Green Gown Award in the Student Campaigns and Initiatives category
    • Became the first university in the State to receive an EPA Sustainability Licence
    • Replaced Badger Laboratory equipment to save 3.2ML of water annually (4% of the overall water consumption on the North Terrace Campus) 
    • 469 Ecoversity Facebook friends
    • Developed an Energy Management Plan and continued the calculation and modelling of our carbon emissions
  • 2010
    • Started the Ecoleader program to harness staff and student passion for sustainability through a voluntary leadership program
    • Recycled 22 tonnes of e-waste
    • Installed 2-bin recycling stations on the North Terrace Campus
    • Formed an Environmental Compliance Committee
    • Implemented a comprehensive web-based sustainability management and reporting tool
    • Completed a review of waste and recycling practices at the Waite and Roseworthy Campuses 
    • Developed a 5 year Waste and Recycling Management Plan
    • Supported staff and students keen to swap driving for cycling to campus through the Ecorider program, saving (approx.) 6 tonnes of Co2
    • Ran a 2 week Student Internship focused on waste and water auditing
  • 2009
    • Ecoversity is born
    • Recycled nearly 20 tonnes of e-waste
    • National Ride to Work Day Award for the largest higher education organisation participation in Australia
    • Completed a review of waste and recycling practices on the North Terrace Campus and at the National Wine Centre
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