Green Project Fund

The Green Project Fund was established in 2012 to support staff and student efforts in reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability on campus.

The fund provides up to $20,000 per project for initiatives that demonstrate the viability of best-practice sustainability, test innovative research or new technologies, or improve campus culture. 

Project proposals are evaluated on:

  • feasibility
  • environmental Impact
  • community impact
  • economic impact
  • scalability.

Please note the Green Project Fund is unavailable in 2021. Please stay tuned for updates by signing up to receive our monthly Ecoversity newsletter.

Projects funded in 2019 include:

  • Eco Smart Bin – A technology solution to help reduce waste to landfill and influence staff and student behaviour.
  • Planning in a Climate of Change – An interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty climate adaptation toolkit to assist institutional planning for sustainability.
  • Rainwater harvesting at Waite – Enhancing soil health by using rain water irrigation and saving potable water.

Completed projects

Projects have been implemented at all campuses by staff and students from all faculties. 

Roseworthy Garden

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 Building 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.

Mech Eng Lighting Upgrade

This LED lighting retrofit resulted in a 48% reduction in electricity consumption related to lighting in the Mechanical Engineering Workshop.

Roseworthy Biobin

A local and efficient solution to a major problem, the Biobin takes tonnes of animal waste from the laboratory to the garden.

Waterless Condensers (photo)

Waterless condensors

250,000 litres of water is saved annually through replacing old reflux equipment in chemistry laboratories with innovative waterless condensers.

Pedal-powered charging station

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.

Plane landing on strip

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.

Vineyard Irrigation data collection

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.

Photo of pigs in their pens

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.

Staff standing in the Waite Community Garden

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.