Coffee cup, advisor initiatives help CSU lodge a winning Sustainability Scorecard

GREEN TICK: Charles Sturt University's Orange campus.
GREEN TICK: Charles Sturt University's Orange campus.

CHARLES Sturt University has released the 2017 Sustainability Scorecard detailing activities and achievements that contribute to CSU cementing its commitment to environmental sustainability and building upon being Australia’s first carbon neutral university.

Manager of CSU Green Mr Ed Maher said “the 2017 Sustainability Scorecard highlights many exciting developments towards best practice in sustainability for CSU”.

Staff and students at Orange campus have contributed in a number of ways.

The student sustainability advisor initiative has seen students encouraged to engage in sustainability initiatives, projects, competitions and events.

Having the student advisors in residences supports the university’s efforts to embed sustainability throughout our whole organisation, encouraging students develop skills to be sustainability leaders and contribute to lowering the university’s carbon footprint.

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CSU has exceeded its biodiversity target to manage 20 per cent of university lands for conservation with 254 hectares included in a series of biodiversity zones across seven campuses, including farmland at Orange campus.

Orange campus also joined CSU’s ‘War on Waste’ campaign to reduce disposable coffee cup usage.

In the first three months of the campaign in 2017, the KeepCup campaign saw a reduction in usage of 50 per cent.

“I anticipate the university’s 2018 sustainability achievements will be inspiring for us all,” Mr Maher said.

He added “the completion of our 1.77 megawatt solar installation at the university in Wagga Wagga” highlighted the university’s green initiatives.

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