USQ Environmental Manager Alicia Logan and USQ Campus Services Executive Director Dr Dave Povey.
The University won the ‘Continuous improvement, institutional change’ category at the 2017 Green Gown Australasia awards which recognise sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held in Melbourne last Thursday (November 2).
Thanks to the win, USQ will now progress to the international Green Gown Awards, representing Australasia in the category in the UK next year.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie congratulated the USQ Environmental Office and USQ Campus Services on netting the national award for excellence.
“The win in many ways recognises the significant and important initiatives implemented by staff and students at USQ towards ‘being green’,” Professor Mackenzie said.
“We are proud of our achievements in driving change and in creating a continued awareness to make a real difference and to lead the way in climate change response and improvement across our community.”
Campus Services Executive Director Dr Dave Povey said USQ had adopted a holistic, enterprise wide approach to sustainability.
“It’s truly embedded in all facets of the University – from integrating sustainability into strategic planning, policy and procedures, to significant renewable energy, energy efficiency, furniture reuse, waste reduction and water retention and conservation solutions,” Dr Povey said.
“These efforts have resulted in positive outcomes such as a 32 per cent reduction in waste; 25 per cent increase in recycling and resource recovery; 84 per cent reduction in bore water; and a 15 per cent decrease in vehicle emissions.
“In 2016, our flagship building at USQ Springfield achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating for sustainable construction from the Green Building Council of Australia.
“And, of course, we continue to roll out our Sustainable Energy Solution Project, a $6 million two megawatt solar project across all of the University’s campuses which will reduce our carbon footprint by 20 per cent.”
Environmental Manager Mrs Alicia Logan said USQ remained dedicated to environmental sustainability and reducing any adverse impact of its activities on the environment.
“In addition to these central initiatives, we wholeheartedly believe that by making a few small changes to everyday work habits, everyone at USQ can contribute to a greener campus,” she said.
Learn more about USQ’s commitment to environment and sustainability at www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/values-and-culture/environment-sustainability.