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.

We've created Green Campus maps showing all of our sustainability initiatives.

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Sustainability on campus

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.

Priority action areas

Our impact

Here we look at recent initiatives and celebrate our environmental sustainability impacts as reported in the University’s 2019 Annual Report.

5,076 ? coffee cups collected through the Simply Cups recycling program
6,128 ? energy efficient LEDs installed across all campuses to date
1778 ? solar panels installed across our campuses which produces enough energy to power 500 households
over 1,893 kgs ? of plastic bags recycled in our soft plastics program
TOP 3 IN RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENTS ? out of 13 peers reviewed in 2019
OVER 30HA ? of bushland zones and wetland areas were regenerated
Over 2,500 ? native seedlings planted
1,000 ? on average, the number of passengers using the daily campus shuttle bus
5% ? reduction in water usage, year-on-year


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.