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What you can do

Sign up to USQ’s Sustainability Pledge

Energy

  • Turn off lights if you are leaving a room for more than 20 minutes
  • Turn off advertising signs or display case illumination at night
  • Utilise daylight where possible
  • Switch off your computer during lunch and when you are away at meetings
  • Switch off your computer at the end of the day
  • Switch off office devices and lighting when they are not needed

Purchasing

  • Use online ordering
  • Buy only what you need, consider consumable shelf life 
  • Consider items made with recycled content
  • Look for Energy Efficiency labelling when purchasing appliances
  • Consider the life-cycle of the product in particular disposal – can the product be reused or recycled?
  • Buy locally
  • Recycle waste packaging via on campus recycling facilities

Transport

  • Car pool or alternatively have a Car-free day by either walking, cycling or taking public transport
  • Avoid business travel where possible and opt for a video or teleconference instead
  • Offset domestic and international travel

Waste

  • Consider the 4R’s – Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Place recyclable waste in the designated bins
  • Use a refillable water bottle - not only will it reduce greenhouse gas emissions it will also say you money 
  • Use a USQ reusable KeepCup for all hot beverage purchases on campus
  • Purchase food with minimal packaging

Water

  • Reduce your shower time to four minutes 
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Report water leaks to Campus Services

Biodiversity

  • Don’t feed or disturb native wildlife
  • Ensure all rubbish is placed in the correct bins
  • Join a volunteer group