The University of Newcastle, Australia

Building a sustainable future

The University of Newcastle stands tall on the international, national and regional stage as an institution leading the way in research excellence and education. As such, it is our responsibility to take our place within the global effort facing the challenges of building a more sustainable world.

We know that environmental and social responsibility is extremely important to our staff, students and communities. We also recognise that prioritising environmental sustainability isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s fundamental to our future.

That’s why we’ve developed the Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025. Guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, this plan is our roadmap to operating in a sector leading, environmentally sustainable way.

Endorsed by the University Committee on Environmental Sustainability, Executive Committee, and University Council, it provides a clear action plan to deliver measurable improvements in our environmental performance.

Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025 Download a copy of the plan (PDF - 11MB)

Our impact

Here we look at recent initiatives and celebrate our environmental sustainability impacts as reported in the University’s 2018 Annual Report.

500 ? our solar panel project produces enough energy to power 500 households
4,168 ? energy effecient LEDs installed across the Auchmuty Library and Student Accomodation Towers
278 ? solar panels installed on the Central Coast campus library
115,000 ? plastic bags recycled in our soft plastics program
1st IN RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENTS ? joint first place out of 11 local peers reviewed in 2018
OVER 25HA ? of bushland zones and wetland areas were regenerated
2,486 ? native seedlings planted
1,000 ? on average, the number of passengers using the daily campus shuttle bus
7% ? reduction in water usage, year-on-year

Watch this space

We're working on a website refresh to better communicate our sustainability targets, as well as report our progress against environmentally and socially responsible priorities.