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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

Sustainability is one of the key challenges of our time, and over the years the UCSA's been on a journey to reduce its environmental impact.

Keep reading to learn about some of the initiatives we've put in place!

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Buildings

Haere-roa

  • The building’s carpet is made from recycled fishing nets and exterior cladding consists of composite recycled plastic and wood composite.
  • Haere-roa is heated with renewable energy in the form of a ground-source heat-pump system. These pumps draw stable, latent heat from the ground through the building.

Montana Early Learning Centre

  • Montana has solar panels installed, which improves their energy efficiency.
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Food and beverage

  • Our UCSA outlets are phasing out plastic straws.
  • We offer financial incentives to BYO coffee cups and food containers at UCSA outlets. Foundry Feed is one example. We've also introduced cup libraries in conjunction with UC Sustainability.
  • We've introduced compostable cutlery and packaging at UCSA eateries.
  • We support fair trade by working with coffee supplier Common Good Coffee. Learn more about their work in the community.
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Major entertainment events

  • We're working with Total Waste to sort our waste onsite into its different streams.
  • We serve food and drinks in compostable, recyclable or reusable containers.
  • Our bars use cans or rented Globelets. The Globelets are borrowed and then sent back to be washed and reused at other events.
  • When serving water, we use either Globlets or drinking-fountain-style water trailers that do away with the need for cups.
  • We're working with UC Sustainability and Eco Volunteers along with other community groups to help educate event-goers on the day and keep the site clean and sorted.
  • We do a community clean up around the area to grab anything that students have dropped along the way.
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Other initiatives

  • We use eco-friendly products in our cleaning processes.
  • We've promoted bamboo straws at Wellness Days.
  • Electronic board papers are used for UCSA board meetings, reducing reliance on paper and fossil fuels used in delivery.
  • We supported students taking part in the UC Climate Strike (27 September 2019).
  • We operate a borrow-a-bike scheme, enabling students to use a more environmentally friendly mode of transport.