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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

Environmental sustainability

Australian Catholic University is committed to making a substantial contribution to environmental sustainability through the development of its physical infrastructure, recycling of materials and efficient use of all resources.

The University is investigating opportunities for increasing the use of renewable energy sources, including the feasibility of installing solar panels at each of its six campuses.

Like many other institutions, the University has its stock of old and architecturally challenging buildings, but all new major construction and renovation projects have an Environmental Management Plan.

Illustrations of environmentally sustainable design in recent projects include:

  • Low-VOC paint used for new and maintenance painting
  • recycled rubber flooring
  • extensive use of carpet products that attract 100 per cent Green Star points
  • rainwater collection
  • water tap flow restrictions
  • waterless urinals
  • modification of air-conditioning controls to reduce power consumption
  • movement sensors to control lighting and time out for air conditioning
  • high-efficiency compact fluorescent lighting
  • efficient waste disposal.

Environmental sustainability

The appointment of the Director of Properties, commencing in early 2009, as part of the University restructure approved during 2008, will provide further impetus for policy development in this most important area.