Our sustainability framework ensures that the College is as resource-efficient, operationally cost-effective and environmentally friendly as possible. A passionate group of residents form part of the Environmental Committee and work with staff to achieve our ambitious targets.
Catcycles is a proud resident-led initiative where unwanted or discarded bicycles are revamped into usable bicycles for everyone to share. By cycling, residents are not only supporting the environment but also get their exercise and arrive at their classes alert and energised.
In 2017, we installed a 200kW energy system powered by 479 solar panels on our rooftops. Worth over $518,000, the energy generated from these panels offsets about 30% of our energy use — that's approximately $84,000 in annual electricity spend, or 257 tonnes in yearly CO2 emissions.
Our Rooftop Gardens are always in constant supply of fresh herbs and vegetables, planted and maintained by our own residents. You are welcome to pick any of the fresh produce all year round.
Recycling and waste management
We seek to minimise waste in landfill and have a rigorous recycling and waste management plan and process in place. For example, in our Withnell Dining Hall, we've managed to recover much of the organic materials such as food waste from ending up in landfill.
Resident-led teams enforce recycling efforts across the College, making sure that recyclable materials are sorted properly, before it's sent to a Recycling Centre or Material Recovery Facility, or wherever possible, reused.