Green Project Fund
The Green Project Fund was established to empower staff and students, and support their efforts in reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability on campus.
The fund provided up to $20,000 per project for initiatives that demonstrated the viability of best-practice sustainability, tested innovative research or new technologies, or improved campus culture. Project proposals were evaluated by a panel of academics and professional staff on feasibility, environmental impact, community impact, economic impact, and scalability.
Throughout 2012 to 2019, more than forty on-campus projects were supported with $900k of Green Project Funding.
Projects have been implemented at all campuses by staff and students from all faculties, including the selection below.
Student residents and staff transformed an under-utilised patch of grass into a thriving edible garden, with 90% of materials used being reclaimed, restored or repurposed.
Schulz Energy Efficiency
Innovative building control and research ingenuity from Mech Eng staff and students, combined to save energy and more than $20,000 (annually) in electricity costs.
A local and efficient solution to a major problem, the Biobin takes tonnes of animal waste from the laboratory to the garden.
250,000 litres of water is saved annually through replacing old reflux equipment in chemistry laboratories with innovative waterless condensers.
Pedal-powered charging station
An everyday task becomes more sustainable with this fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to charging your device in Hub Central.
Academic attitudes to flying
An investigation into why academics travel and if there are more sustainable travel options that would help reduce the University’s flight emissions.
Sustainable vineyard irrigation
Soil moisture sensing technology in vineyards at Waite helps to maximise irrigation and provide Viticulture and Oenology students with detailed monitoring to inform decision-making about irrigation practices.
Turning piggery waste into dollars
A research trial investigates how better utilisation of waste from the Roseworthy Piggery can improve soil health and grain quality, and increase crop yields.
Waite Community Garden
Opened in 2015, the Waite Community Garden helps foster an appreciation of the benefits and challenges of growing fresh produce at home and in the local community.