Sustainability at UNSW - November 2010


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  • Sustainability at UNSW - November 2010

    1. 1. Sustainability at UNSW 17 November 2010
    2. 2. Sustainability vision <ul><li>Sustainability is one of UNSW’s guiding principles. This means sustainability needs to be embedded into the University’s management and leadership . </li></ul>
    3. 3. UNSW Sustainability Office goals <ul><li>Assess, report & benchmark UNSW’s position. Establish where we are and where we want to be with respect to sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Sustainability Strategy to integrate and embed sustainability principles across all operational functions of the University. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute toward project plans for developments and capital works projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Position and promote UNSW as a University renown campus sustainability initiatives, helping to make UNSW a destination of choice for the best staff and students, while distinguishing the University from our competitors. </li></ul><ul><li>Support and promote existing UNSW sustainability initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish UNSW as a leader in sustainability nationally and internationally. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sustainability KPTs <ul><li>Are we achieving our goals ? </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Report framework developed. Release 2010 report early 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>UNSW Sustainability Strategy consultation underway. </li></ul><ul><li>Process for compliance with environmental legislation established. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Environmental Incident and Hazard Reporting now live. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Lab environmental compliance training available online. </li></ul><ul><li>National Greenhouse and Energy Report submitted. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Student Internships. Eight student interns this year. </li></ul><ul><li>All environmental related policies and procedures reviewed & updated. </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions to campus development plans to make UNSW more sustainable. </li></ul><ul><li>UNSW Sustainability web site to go live soon. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Plans for 2011 <ul><li>Strategy, Reporting and Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Release a UNSW Sustainability Report. </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a UNSW Sustainability Strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Replace Environment Policy with a new Sustainability Policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Governance structure for environmental management to replace EPAC. </li></ul><ul><li>Update and Review the Energy Saving Action Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Update and Review Water Savings Action Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Waste Management Strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Online environmental compliance training. </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register. </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon emission inventory and reduction strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Embed environmental compliance into operations. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Plans for 2011 <ul><ul><li>Initiatives to make UNSW more Sustainable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with you . Support delivery of your sustainability initiatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green micro grants to support sustainability projects & initiatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement and communicate UNSW’s Sustainability Strategy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote UNSW’s sustainability initiatives and successes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce GoGet car-sharing parking spaces on campus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a UNSW Carbon Management and reduction Strategy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install water refill stations on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install more Reverse Vending Machines around campus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate environmental obligations and strategy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise awareness in the University community in water conservation, energy saving, sustainable transport, waste. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Waste & recycling <ul><li>Waste Management Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Develop targets and strategies to reduce waste & increase recycling. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the preparation and evaluation of a comprehensive Waste Tender. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote existing recycling, reuse and waste reduction initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the campus community about what can be recycled on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with campus retail outlets to reduce waste. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Waste & recycling <ul><li>Reverse Vending Machines </li></ul><ul><li>Machines ordered to be placed in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Roundhouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Kensington Colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Fair (Upper Campus Food Court) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eora Lounge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNSW Climate Change Adaptation Centre. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accept empty drink containers. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate contamination. Material 100% recyclable. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces cleaning costs - An average wheelie bin holds between 100 & 150 containers. Reverse Vending Machines hold 3,000 crushed containers = 25 wheelie bins. </li></ul><ul><li>Give users vouchers & prizes as incentives to recycle. </li></ul>UNSW machines to be “skinned” with UNSW & sustainability logo.
    9. 9. Waste & recycling <ul><li>Make recycling easy </li></ul><ul><li>One of these under every desk at UNSW. </li></ul>Recycling paper and cardboard makes UNSW $60,000 per year. Amcor pay UNSW $60/tonne for paper & cardboard.
    10. 10. Waste & engagement <ul><li>Reduce campus waste </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable coffee cups can’t be recycled. </li></ul><ul><li>UNSW takes more than 5,000 of these a day to landfill. </li></ul>Let’s replace these…
    11. 11. Plans for 2011: Waste & engagement <ul><li>With reusable cups like these </li></ul>UNSW Keep Cups. Environmentally responsible. Promote UNSW. Making sustainability easy – and hopefully fun .
    12. 12. Water Refill Stations <ul><li>A step toward banning plastic water bottles on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Refill. Not Landfill. </li></ul>Why should we have to pay for water? Ever tried to refill a water bottle using one of these? Ground Floor Matthews Building Three to be installed in the next few weeks…
    13. 13. Plans for 2011: Reduce waste <ul><li>When water is available on campus for free, wouldn’t it be great if UNSW banned these? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Plans for 2011: Reduce waste <ul><li>And why not ban plastic bags too? </li></ul>And replace them with these?
    15. 15. Plans for 2011: Sustainable Transport <ul><ul><li>Change travel patterns towards more sustainable modes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage & make it easier to change, & discouragement initiatives to make car driving less attractive. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage the use of cleaner vehicles and reward sustainable transport choices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental pricing: cheaper fees & premium parking for cleaner vehicles based on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the need to travel by supporting telecommuting and video conferencing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish Sustainable Transport Action Group to advise & assist in implementing our sustainability targets. </li></ul></ul>Solar plug in electric car in Chicago Go Get electric-car charging station in Glebe
    16. 16. Plans for 2011: Sustainable Transport <ul><li>Bike Hubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A secure bike parking facility with lockers and showers for cyclist. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the space of 2-3 car-parking places. Accommodate 28 bikes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost approximately $100,000 plus services connections, depending on position of the hubs.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could include duress points and safety lighting.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provisional FM CAPEX budget approval. Arranging quotes from suppliers and identifying locations. </li></ul></ul>Macquarie University
    17. 17. Plans for 2011: Campus signage <ul><li>Expand the UNSW Green Trail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The UNSW Green Trail is well known but needs updating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Trail signage could be updated to include buildings and research centres and other campus sustainability features. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight technological innovations & sustainability in design and construction of new buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental sustainable research, teaching and operational programs in place on campus. </li></ul></ul>UNSW Green Trail What does this sign tell you?
    18. 18. <ul><li>Expand the UNSW Green Trail </li></ul>Plans for 2011: Campus signage Identify locations throughout the campus with that highlight UNSW’s environmental sustainability related research and teaching. With more signs like this…
    19. 19. Student Engagement <ul><li>Student Internships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximise involvement of student volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancing the student experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary Transcript (UNSW Advantage) and global citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links with Student Groups </li></ul><ul><li>ARC - SRC and Board </li></ul><ul><li>The Kensington Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Oxfam, Bike Club </li></ul><ul><li>Enviro Collective </li></ul><ul><li>The Stationary Re-use centre. </li></ul>Student Volunteer intern at ARC Stationary Re-use Centre – Level 2 of Quad East Wing.
    20. 20. Short to medium term issues <ul><ul><li>Establish where we are & where we want to be with respect to sustainability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmark UNSW’s performance & plans against other Universities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work out what it will take & cost to implement sustainability goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate and explain what it will cost to do nothing about sustainability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build broad support across the University community for sustainability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build relationships among key stakeholders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve communication of existing sustainability initiatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work effectively and efficiently with existing resources. </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Sustainability Vision <ul><li>Reduce </li></ul><ul><li>Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Water use </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic congestion </li></ul><ul><li>Racism and intolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Risk and insecurity. </li></ul>Promote Collaboration Transparency Water conservation Energy Saving Recycling and re-use Sustainable infrastructure Equal opportunity Cultural Diversity Respect Student engagement Well being.
    22. 22. UNSW Sustainability: The vision <ul><li>Sustainability needs to be embedded into the University’s management and leadership . </li></ul><ul><li>A future where UNSW demonstrates how we can work and live sustainably. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you in? </li></ul>