Green Project Fund
$100k is available annually to staff and students for on-campus sustainability projects through the Ecoversity Green Project Fund.
Individuals and teams can apply for up to $20,000 (inc. GST) for solutions that improve campus sustainability, demonstrate the viability of best practices, test innovative research or new technologies, and link to academic programs.
Project proposals are evaluated on:
- Environmental Impact;
- Community impact;
- Economic impact;
- Institutionalization and scalability.
The next funding round will open in March 2018.
Read more about this year's projects below and some of the most successful projects from previous years in our Case Studies section.
2017 Green Projects:
- Ecoversity Dashboard Extension
Making sustainable goals engaging!
The School of Computer Science and the Infrastructure Branch have been collaborating on the development of an Ecoversity Dashboard. A student project beginning in 2016, it has resulted in a prototype dashboard that displays campus sustainability target metrics, including energy efficiency and landfill diversion, through graphs and graphics.
During consultation related to the Campus Sustainability Plan, staff and students commented on the need for transparent environmental data so they can understand the impact of their environmental impact on campus, and how the University is tracking against improvement targets.
This Green Project intends to build on the current work to improve visualisations, analytics and data automation in order to provide staff and students an easy way to understand the metrics and promote shared goals. The project will expand on the existing prototype by expanding the range of metrics and visualisations and support a range of promotional graphics messaging including celebration messages when milestones are reached, or tips to help meet the target.
New analytic visualisations for the dashboard will include percentage of recycled paper purchased, tonnes of carbon per person and number of solar panels installed. There will also be results translated into more understandable metrics to improve accessibility to staff and students, such as interpreting kWh solar generation into the equivalent for mobile phone charges.
- Piggery Waste into Soil Nutrients
Using waste to nourish crops more effectively!
In collaboration with the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, this Green Project aims to improve mechanisms for utilising the waste output from piggery eco-shelters at the Roseworthy Campus.
When shelters are cleaned out and material stockpiled, the standard farm practice is for this nutrient rich waste material to be spread on paddocks in autumn. With direct drilling of crops usually not until after a significant rainfall event, much of the nitrogen from this manure is lost to the atmosphere as nitrous oxide and the carbon as carbon dioxide.
It is proposed to implement a Green Project to demonstrate the benefits of using this nutrient rich manure from the piggery, to investigate improved utilisation of this waste product for crop nutrition. The expected outcome is improved soil health and crop yields with significant reductions in atmospheric pollutants from the waste product.
With reduced expenditure on fertilisers, and higher crop yields expected as a result, the Green Project will lead to not only a greater income, but simultaneously reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The trial will also provide staff, students and local farmers with access to a field trial site and the results from its implementation, enabling a better understanding of plant and animal nutrition and production systems
- Waterless Condensers
Saving money and water!
Teaming up with the School of Physical Sciences, this Green Project aims to reduce water consumption in chemistry teaching laboratories.
The process of refluxing in the Chemistry Teaching Laboratories expels approximately 250,000 litres of clean water to waste every year. This project will install new innovative technology to eliminate water in the process.
By using waterless condensers, the laboratories will save 250,000 litres of clean water from going down the drain every year and demonstrate best practice laboratory methods to our undergraduate students.
- Project Green Print
Turning plastic bottles into exciting projects!
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Science in conjunction with the Ecoversity Green Project Fund are preparing to make their own 3D printing material by recycling plastic!
This project aims to increase the operational efficiency of the 3D Prototyping Laboratory through the purchase and operation of 3 filament extruders. The extruders are designed to transform granulated plastic into filaments useable in the existing 3D printers.
The filament extruders can not only recycle waste plastic from the 3D printing process, but also regrind and recycle unwanted plastic items like plastic drink containers and turn them into material for 3D printing, thus dramatically reducing annual outlay for new plastic material.
The project will demonstrate to students the value and ease of recycling plastics, while also making 3D printing more accessible.
- Increasing Power Consumption Awareness
With greater awareness comes greater energy savings!
Joining forces with the School of Mechanical Engineering, this Green Project aims to increase awareness of power consumption and improve the performance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the Molecular Life Science Building.
The goal of this project is to improve the performance of the HVAC system by optimising operational BMS settings. Improved performance will focus on optimising the functionality of the HVAC system with the installation of new temperature, humidity, enthalpy, carbon dioxide, motion detection and optical sensors. This will ultimately result in reduced energy consumption, reduced peak demand and improved comfort.
The project also has a large focus on building occupants, and how they can help reduce power consumption. Two large digital displays will be installed in the building to demonstrate energy consumption information and messages to test the impact on occupant behaviour, promoting social responsibility and individual action.
This Green Project will demonstrate the significance between thermal comfort and energy usage.
The project is expected to bring immediate economic benefits to the University through energy efficiency, without major investment on the existing system. Overall, the project will help reduce the University’s carbon footprint and advance the long-term sustainability of campus community by increasing awareness about energy consumption.
- The Green Academic
Understanding why we fly… and what strategies might help reduce our soaring flight emissions.
In conjunction with the School of Social Sciences, this Green Project Fund aims to identify why academics travel and recommend strategies to help reduce the University’s flight emissions in the future.
Academics are expected to travel nationally and internationally, yet this activity represents a large portion of the university’s carbon emission profile. This project will aim to understand this issue and identify more sustainable academic travel options.