OUR TOWN, OUR UNIVERSITY: Faculty puffing, panting and pedaling

WHEEL POWER: Staff from Orange's Charles Sturt University campus have thrown their support behind Ride2Work Day.
WHEEL POWER: Staff from Orange's Charles Sturt University campus have thrown their support behind Ride2Work Day.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is firmly committed to embedding sustainability principles across all its operations … and the faculty this week is personifying that spirit.

Supporting the university’s ethos of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in, staff from Orange on Wednesday puffed and panted their way to work on in support of national Ride2Work Day.

The annual day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and brings together the communities that support it, with the main objective of normalising the idea of riding to work.

Cyclists met for coffee at Factory Espresso in Kite Street before a mad dash to the finish line at CSU Orange, nervously avoiding the attentions of the magpie on duty at the front gate, stopping briefly for photos, then making the final sprint to Banjos for a free breakfast generously supplied by CSU Green.

Event coordinator, Dr Scott Andrew from the School of Biomedical Sciences, said Ride2Work Day is a great way to “enjoy some exercise, travel with low emissions and enjoy a free breakfast”.

“More and more people are riding to work for fitness, health and to reduce their environmental footprints, as well as to enjoy a relaxing period before the pressures of daily work.”

CSU Green is the hub for communication and coordination of sustainability efforts across CSU, monitoring the university's progress and promoting engagement.

The focus for the university is on reduction of energy and water use and embedding sustainability across all CSU operations.

As well, CSU is committed to making sure graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge to live in a sustainable world.

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