Our environmental commitment

At UniSA we have a strong commitment to sustainability, as articulated in our Vision, Mission and Values:

"UniSA contributes to environmentally, economically, socially and culturally sustainable development, and we aim to reduce our own environmental impact."

Contributing to a better world

A number of University research and teaching facilities make a significant contribution to environment sustainability.

Leading by example

In addressing environmental issues, we lead by example. A number of projects undertaken by the Facilities Management Unit are making sure our facilities operate in environmentally responsible ways.

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Waste management and recycling

Recycling at UniSA includes office paper, cardboard, fluorescent lighting tubes and bottles and cans covered by container deposit legislation. Currently approximately 35% of waste is recycled or used as a source of alternative fuel in the resources industry.

However, a recent waste audit undertaken by KESAB Environmental Solutions identified that up to 70% of waste in general waste bins could be recycled with a comprehensive recycling system across all campuses and facilities. UniSA is proud to report that 40% of waste is currently diverted from landfill but aims to increase this in the future with a recycling system at all campuses and facilities.

The University's SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse makes a considerable contribution to our knowledge around water and sustainability.

The Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour is a progressive research centre at UniSA, helping not only us but the community at large implement sustainable design.

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Ecological systems at the University

The use of local native vegetation in urban areas not only reduces demand for irrigated landscaping, but also increases habitats for native wildlife and can improve the quality of runoff water prior to storage and re-use. Additional benefits to green spaces on campus include ambient cooling and shade during high summer temperatures.

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Green transport

UniSA is exploring options to find the most environmentally friendly and cost effective transport solutions for staff and students. UniSA currently owns a fleet of 30 vehicles with 12 vehicles running on LPG. LPG powered vehicles are purchased when existing petrol and diesel powered vehicles come up for renewal.

UniSA subscribes all vehicles to the 'Greenfleet Vehicle' program; offsetting a total of 129 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Through this program native trees are planted to offset the vehicle fleets carbon emissions on an annual basis. UniSA also ensures the cars are not producing unnecessary carbon through regular servicing to ensure optimum performance.

Hughes Chauffeured Limousines provide intercampus transportation for the UniSA staff. The conditions of Hughes's contract with the UniSA include monthly reporting of carbon emissions that result from UniSA's travel with Hughes. UniSA staff are encouraged to 'car pool' when using Hughes Chauffeured Cars in order to reduce carbon output.

UniSA provides secure bicycle parking for staff and students who cycle to work, and is increasing the bicycle storage areas available on all campuses. Staff and students are encouraged to cycle to campus and make use of free secure bicycle storage facilities at City West, City East, City West and Magill campuses. 

The benefits of public transport extend further than cheap tickets and spare time to read and listen to music while someone else does the driving. There are health benefits involved in walking from door to bus stop and bus stop to destination at either end, not to mention the lower carbon footprint of public transport users.

High frequency bus services to Mawson Lakes include the 222, 224, 225 every 15 minutes and the Gawler train runs every 15 minutes.

Bus services to Magill campus include the 107x express on week day mornings and 106 every 15 minutes in the Go Zone.

For more information on route timetables and bus stop locations see the Adelaide Metro website. Enjoy the ride and know that you're doing your planet a favour.

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Areas of study and research

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