Green Project Fund
$100k is available annually for on-campus sustainability projects.
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
- Institutionalisation and scalability
2019 funding recipients
Congratulations to Melissa Nursey-Bray, Sanjiv Satija, Julia Miller, Houzhi Wang and Benjamin Morton who have been successful in securing grants in 2019. Their projects were assessed from a record field of applications within the University and received either partial or full funding for their submissions.
- Planning in a Climate of Change – An interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty climate adaptation toolkit to assist institutional planning for sustainability at the University of Adelaide.
- Rainwater harvesting @ Waite – Enhancing soil health by using rain water irrigation and saving potable water.
- Too Cool for School – Investigating staff attitudes to air conditioning temperatures at work.
- Eco Smart Bin – A technology solution to help reduce waste to landfill and influence staff and student behaviour.
- VitaChar Ultrafast Composting - A unit which rapidly converts carbon-based waste (e.g. paper, organics, plastic) into fertilizer, thus diverting waste to landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Completed 2018 Green Projects:
- Eco (Bike) Charging Station in Hub Central
Staff from Ask Adelaide provided students with a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to charging their devices. The Charging Station located in Hub Central relies on human pedal power to generate electricity.
This Green Project responded to the ever-growing demand for accessible power points on campus while simultaneously educating students about clean energy and demonstrating how, with a bit of creativity and initiative, everyday tasks can be made more sustainable.
- Roseworthy Student Garden
In collaboration with Roseworthy students and grounds staff, this Green Project delivered a self-sustaining campus garden. The once vacant space now provides students with a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as plenty of space to study and socialise.
The garden design incorporates reclaimed items collected from across the University’s three campuses. 90% of all materials have been repurposed or donated, including the stones which border the garden beds, originally from the Roseworthy chapel, containers turned planter boxes from the Waite Winery and cement troughs from North Terrace, which now house thriving herb gardens. This project epitomises community collaboration, involving students, staff and members of the local ‘Men’s Shed’ who built the table.
- Energy Efficiency in AHMS
In partnership with the School of Mechanical Engineering, this Green Project aimed to improve the energy efficiency of the AHMS building in the west end precinct. A team of Engineering Honours, Masters and PhD students worked to analyse and optimise the operational performance of the heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system using a software model used on the Schulz energy efficiency project.
Improved performance of the HVAC component reduced energy consumption and peak demand in the building and has improved thermal comfort by minimising overcooling and overheating. The project has resulted in significant cost savings.