Biodiversity projects

  • Gatton Environmental Park - more than 50 nesting boxes placed around for native animals and birds.  The area has 600 metres of walkways and over 1000 trees.
  • Lakes precinct at St Lucia campus - developed into an environmental area with exotic plants being removed and replaced with native landscape design. The area is also registered with the Wildlife Conservation Partnerships Program – Land for Wildlife. 
  • University’s Experimental Minesite at Indooroopilly is a significant inner urban bushland site.  All species planted in bushland areas of the site are endemic to the area. The Indooroopilly Minesite was the first UQ site to sign up to the Land for Wildlife program.

Built environment

  • UQ is always incorporating a range of sustainable features into buildings and grounds to continually improve its environmental performance.
  • Water harvesting, solar panels and a strategic shading system are among the environmentally sustainable features of the University’s newest smart building, Sir Llew Edwards Building, at St Lucia campus.

Energy-saving initiatives

  • Energy efficiency is included in Property and Facilities’ design standards for new buildings on campus and constantly reviewed and updated.
  • Energy-efficient lamps are used to replace blown lamps.
  • Lighting and air-conditioning in lecture theatres is centrally controlled to automatically switch on and off to coincide with the room’s bookings.
  • Energy-efficient lighting has been installed in some areas and new technologies are being trialed.
  • UQ’s Green Office Program encourages staff to switch off and save energy.

Recycling and waste minimisation initiatives

  • Since 2002, recyclables going to landfill from the University of Queensland have been reduced by 47%.
  • Current recycling strategies include paper, cardboard, polystyrene, electronic waste, fluorescent tubes and other lamps, toner and ink jet printer cartridges, mobile phones, glass, aluminium cans and plastics, scrap metal, and selected furniture.

Sustainable transport

  • Bicycle storage areas available on all campuses
  • A new parking management system in 2009 made it possible to provide part-time permits for staff who wished to have more flexibility in their travel options.  They are able to drive on some days, and use public transport on other days without having to pay for their permit on a full-time basis.

Water-saving initiatives

  • St Lucia campus has reduced water consumption by 48% since 2004.
  • Installation of three new water tanks at the Health Sciences building at Herston campus raised UQ’s total rainwater storage capacity to 764,000 litres.
  • The University received an award for being top water saver for large users in Brisbane City Council area in 2006.
  • Taps are fitted with low flow devices.
  • Stormwater is captured and used for irrigation.

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