The University of Queensland is committed to embedding sustainability into all aspects of University life through a focused and integrated approach.

Sustainability awareness and practices are progressively being integrated into a range of University processes: 


The Biodiversity Management Program for The University of Queensland covers wildlife management and weeds management on our campuses and sites.  There are a range of actions that you can take to protect biodiversity on our campuses and sites including:

  • Don’t Litter
  • Minimise what you put down the drain
  • Don’t bother or feed native animals

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Built Environment

Through its environmental risk management processes and compliance requirements, UQ is aware that its built environment contributes significantly to its environmental impact.  To minimise these impacts, the University is adopting several measures:

  • Campus Planning
  • Green buildings
  • Space conservation
  • Land management
  • Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) Design Guidelines

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The University strives to minimise energy consumption through efficient operational control and by promoting energy awareness to the University community.

  • Switch off lights
  • Use air conditioning wisely
  • Switch off computers and monitors when not being used
  • Purchase energy efficient star compliant equipment and appliances 

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Environmental Risk


All UQ operations present an inherent environmental risk.  UQ aims to minimise the negative environmental impacts of these operations through a number of established processes and procedures.

  • Risk Management Process
  • Environmental Legal Compliance
  • Nuisance and Pollution Control

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It is important to not only recycle your waste but also to close the loop by buying products made from recycled waste.  This helps to provide a market for the product and to reduce the demand on resources.

The University encourages schools, centres and administrative units to purchase environmentally preferred products.

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Recycling & Waste

The University of Queensland seeks to minimise waste going to landfill.

Source reduction

  • Reduce excess packaging and return to suppliers
  • Print double-sided and think before you print
  • Purchase wisely and efficiently


  • Before you recycle or dispose of an item, think about whether you or others can reuse it


Current recycling strategies include:

  • Paper (general paper and confidential documents)
  • Cardboard and polystyrene
  • E-Waste (computers and other electronic equipment)
  • Florescent tubes and other lamps
  • Toner and ink jet printer cartridges
  • Mobile phones
  • Co-mingled (glass, aluminium cans and plastic)

To request recycling boxes and bins, as well as collection of E-waste and other items, email: 

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UQ is committed to providing the university community with effective, diverse, and sustainable transportation.  To help reduce parking and traffic problems, and to foster a healthy lifestyle, the University encourages public transport, walking, and cycling as alternatives to driving to UQ.

  • Take alternative forms of transport to and from UQ
  • Take advantage of the Intercampus Express Bus Service
  • Ride or walk to Uni
  • Carpool
  • Look after your car and drive efficiently
  • Offset your air travel carbon dioxide emissions

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Water – What you can do

Australia is one of the driest countries in the world.  As one of the largest water users in south east Queensland, the University of Queensland recognises the importance of water conservation measures.

UQ achieved a 27% reduction in water consumption in 2005/2006 at St Lucia campus, making UQ the top water saver in the Brisbane City Council for that period.  St Lucia campus has reduced water consumption by 50% since 2004 (as at March 2009)

  • Report water leaks to Property and Facilities’ PF Assist 
Ph: 3365 2222 or email 
  • Don’t leave taps running
  • If a dishwasher is available, completely fill, then use it.
  • When diluting chemicals, run taps only as long as necessary
  • When washing labware or other items, reduce flow to effective minimum. 

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Built Environment

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Environmental Risk

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Recycling and Waste

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Transport Systems

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