Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University is committed to advancing higher education and research opportunities for the people of regional Australia. We bring strength and learning back to our regions and together we make this a world worth living in. We're improving economic and social wellbeing and creating sustainable ecosystems for future generations. As Australia's leading regional university, we also promote social justice and human rights for Indigenous Australians. We do this both within our regions and across Australia. We have six main campuses across regional NSW and a number of study centres in regional centres and capital cities.

“Living out the Wiradjuri phrase ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’.”

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How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Charles Sturt has been certified Australia's first carbon neutral university since 28 July 2016.

Why are you carbon neutral?

Certification for Charles Sturt University is showing all Australian communities how we can live more sustainable lives in our unique environment. We hope that we can inspire other organisations to seek to achieve these standards and do their bit for the planet. Through becoming Australia's first and only carbon neutral university, Charles Sturt is living out the Wiradjuri phrase Yindyamarra Winhanganha, or 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

Through the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard process, we must maintain an emissions reduction program. We will achieve this through our energy saving, renewable energy, and behaviour change programs in addition to our carbon offset portfolio. These projects are part of who we are and speak directly to our values and ethos.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Being a carbon neutral organisation has assisted in paving the path for the development and implementation of Charles Sturt's renewable energy strategy and forms a key part of the university’s commitment to sustainability. Certification and being the first university in Australia to be carbon neutral has been a great tool to engage staff, students and prospective students.

What offset projects do you support?

Our priority is to support local, Indigenous, Australian, and overseas projects that have social and environmental benefits and renewable energy projects overseas.

Why did you choose these projects?

Some co-benefits of the selected projects include biodiversity improvement (fire management in NT), protection and enhancement of areas for endangered wildlife, job creation and self-sufficiency in developing countries (e.g. alternate fuel sources).

How can the community support you?

Staff and students can support carbon neutrality by reducing their energy use at work and study by such things as turning off lights, moderate air conditioning use, car-pooling, using video conferencing instead of travelling to meetings, and reducing waste to landfill by recycling office waste.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

On-site renewable energy generation (over 4MW by mid-2020), energy efficiency upgrades across existing buildings, applying sustainable building principles (Port Macquarie campus, new buildings), and auditing other buildings to maximise their use/space efficiencies are all reducing emissions.

What has been the impact of your action?

The university has succeeded in reducing its combined scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2,757 tonnes or 8 per cent since its 2014 base line year. This has been achieved as a result of ongoing investment in energy efficiency (e.g. energy performance contracts), alternative energy sources (e.g. cogeneration and roof-top solar) and behaviour change programs (e.g. improved waste management and car-pooling).

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Understand your emission sources and implement reliable data collection methods. Obtaining support from management and across your organisation, particularly finance, is important.

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