We acknowledge we are a significant water consumer. In 2018 this totalled approximately 280,000 kilolitres of mains water.

In the face of a warming global climate, we have committed to using and monitoring natural irrigation for our extensive native bushland campuses to reduce demand for potable water. Our focus will be integrating best-practice water-efficiency measures across infrastructure and aim for Green Star ratings in new builds.

Priority actions

  • Increase the natural irrigation of the extensive native bushland campus to reduce the demand for potable water
  • Integrate Water Sustainable Urban Design (WSUD) principles into landscape management
  • Integrate water efficiency as a key project design component as part of the new Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) Guideline Tool

Measures of success

  • A 15% reduction in mains water usage per square metre across our Gross Floor Area by 2025 (on a 2015 baseline)

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

6 - Clean water and sanitation9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure14 - Life below water17 - Partnerships for the goals

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.