Sustainability by numbers
Published: Monday 30th March 2015
ACU exceeded its strategic sustainability goals in 2014, according to our latest data for energy, water and recycling.
|Goal||Actual||How we did it?|
|Energy consumption*||Reduce by 5%||Reduced by 12%|
Upgrades to heating/air-conditioning
Installation of more efficient lighting
Reduction of after-hours energy use
|Water consumption*||Reduce by 5%||Reduced by 7%|
Upgrades to taps and toilets
Addition of water tanks
Finding and fixing leaks
|Recycling rate||Increase by 20%||Increased by 40%|
Investment in hundreds of new bins to increase recycling opportunities
Negotiation of smarter cleaning contracts to ensure campus cleaners support our recycling goals
Through sustainability goals, ACU is working towards being a more efficient consumer of water and energy, as well as increasing the amount of recycling on our campuses.
Not only have we significantly reduced the University's environmental impact, but we have also reduced water and energy costs. In 2013 alone, energy and water costs were approximately $450,000 less than if no action to improve efficiency was taken.
More sustainability news
- ACU's greenhouse gas footprint: The results of the most comprehensive greenhouse gas account ever compiled for the University.
- Smart solutions to the waste challenge: Transforming waste into resources at North Sydney and Brisbane.
- Measuring and eliminating energy waste at the Melbourne Campus.
For more information about ACU's sustainability initiatives, please email Sustainability Coordinator Mark Doggett.
*measured per square metre.