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 climate action.

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.

Our Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025 is guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and is our roadmap to contributing to the solutions, through our operations, research and education.

To view our Green Campus map showing all of our sustainability initiatives click here.


Love Food Hate Waste Bags to benches


Green Gown Award Finalist 2019 Clever Campus Award


With more than 37,000 students and 2,600 staff across 14 campuses and affiliated centres, it is the University’s responsibility to lead by example and develop and maintain our operations as sustainable communities. Our Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) is led by the need for tangible environmental sustainability outcomes.

Research and innovation


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


News • 21 Oct 2019

Prioritising our planet

The University of Newcastle has officially launched its Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025.

IFS staff collect award

News • 1 Oct 2019

Renewables switch wins Clever Campus award

Our University has been awarded the prestigious Innovation Award by the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association at its annual Clever Campus Awards ceremony. The TEFMA Clever Campus Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of its members in the university sector.

(L-R) Lucy Wicks MP, Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Professor Deborah Hodgson, Professor Alan Broadfoot, and Professor Brett Ninness

News • 1 Oct 2019

A new dawn for Australian minerals

A new $35 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence based at the University of Newcastle will make mineral processing more environmentally sustainable and do much to secure the future availability of the metals we depend on for modern living.


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