Macquarie is in the throes of competition, with the Challenge heating up, and heaps more in your August SRN news.
SRN News

The next quarterly SRN meeting is not to be missed! We will be hearing from Les Robinson from Enabling Change, who is Australia’s preeminent trainer and strategist on the design of behaviour change. He will be sharing his ‘changeology’ approach to designing successful sustainability initiatives.
Date: Tuesday 27th August
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm.
Where: Zofrea Room, Level 3, Campus Hub (C10A)
Morning tea and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing our Macquarie University Sustainability champions at this inspirational and motivating workshop! Please RSVP here, if you haven’t already!
Cindy Cunningham, SRN Coordinator
‘Get Green with Your Team’
Competition Winner

Teams have gone plant-mad with the 'Get Green with Your Team' initiative! Indoor plants are now purifying the air and livening up offices campus wide, thanks to a few tips on selecting the right plants available from the M-power website.
The winner of the ‘Get Green with Your Team' competition is the Learning and Teaching Centre.  The ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos and accompanying stories submitted by Departments were fantastic according to Arboretum Coordinator, Samantha Newton who judged the entries.
In addition to the SRN grant funding received for greening their Department, the Learning and Teaching Centre also had additional funds approved for this initiative. Alana Mailey championed the initiative and got many staff on board as plant caretakers.
“The interest in the plants snowballed and there ended up being more people wanting plants than anyone expected! The benefits of plants seem to go beyond aesthetics, air quality, productivity and health benefits and have shown me a true sense of community within the LTC.” said Alana. The Learning and Teaching Centre will celebrate their competition win at a staff morning tea.
Samantha also awarded Gumnut Cottage and Climate Futures, ‘Highly Commended’ awards for their efforts in greening their indoor environments. Check out the pictures of the 'Greened Teams' here
Swap Party Results

Last week’s Swap Party was a great success with lots of fantastic items donated, swapped and purchased by Macquarie staff and students. It was our best Swap Party ever with:

  • 1,330 items donated to the Swap Party by Macquarie staff and students
  • 1,192 items bought or swapped (approx 420 of these items were swapped)
  • 138 items donated to The Salvation Army at the end of the Swap Party
  • A total of $768.45 raised for Sydney Wildlife
 Macquarie University has been proudly donating swap party proceeds to Sydney Wildlife since 2010!  Sydney Wildlife operate in the Sydney metropolitan area and care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. They are also involved in educating the community about wildlife in the Sydney area as a way of helping to ensure the long-term conservation of wildlife and their habitats. To find out more visit:
Cochlear Bushcare Working Bee

This month staff from Cochlear took part in a Bushcare working bee along University Creek, in partnership with Bushcare@MQ. The working bee was organised by Clare James, an active member of Cochlear’s ‘greenFEVER’ sustainability team.
The Cochlear headquarters overlooks University Creek, one of the natural watercourses of the Campus. In 2010, the creek embankment beside Cochlear was landscaped with local native species, supplementing a natural patch of bush that exists on the opposite creek bank. These native plantings are maturing well but a few weed species have crept in to areas where most of the usual control methods would be impractical due to the possibility of inflicting side effects on the planted species. The site seemed an obvious choice to apply the core principles of bush regen
eration - periodically removing non-native competitors, to allow a local bush ecosystem to recover at its own pace and eventually become self-sustaining.
The team of volunteers made a thorough sweep along approximately 25 metres of the creek embankment, manually removing weeds like Scotch Thistle, Cassia and Panic Velt Grass, while leaving native shrubs and grasses in place. Weed density was reduced by an 
impressive amount from this working bee, assisting the process of environmental recovery in this scenic stretch of creek. After all the hard work, the Cochlear volunteers finished their day with a shared, delicious barbecue lunch at the outdoor barbecue area available to all campus staff and students, located behind the Cochlear building - the perfect place for your next team lunch!
Faculty of Human Sciences share a
Fair Trade Brew   

Over 40 staff from the Faculty of Human Sciences attended a Fair Trade morning tea, organised by SRN champion Suzane Azzi. The morning tea was held to provide a better understanding of Fair Trade and to encourage staff to purchase Fair trade coffee and tea items for their Department staff kitchens and meetings. The Faculty Dean shared a few words on how the Faculty supports sustainability endeavours at the University and promoted some internal sustainability initiatives that staff are involved in. 
A couple of Departments in the Faculty have already made a commitment to purchasing fair trade coffee and tea for staff and visitors, including the Institute of Early Childhood and the Faculty Administration office.
Every Faculty of Human Sciences Department who commits to purchasing Fair Trade items is helping to deliver a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world.
MQ Fair Trade Facts… Did you know?

  • Macquarie University was the joint first Fairtrade accredited University in Australia and New Zealand! The University received Fair Trade accreditation on 6 May 2009.
  • The first Fair Trade products went on sale at the Campus Hub Shop in 2008. Since then, Campus Experience has significantly increased the availability of Fair Trade products and exclusively sells Fair Trade certified tea and coffee throughout campus.
The total volume of coffee sold across campus is in excess of 6500kg per annum! The campus Shop also sells Fair Trade T-shirts, coffee, gift boxes, stationary and bookmarks.
SRN Annual Report 2012

The SRN Annual Report 2012 is now available on our website via this link.  The report profiles some of our wonderful SRN members and the various initiatives and projects that have been undertaken to make a positive difference towards sustainability at Macquarie. Why not promote your network’s achievements to your fellow staff and managers at your next team meeting!  

2013 Green Lifestyle Award Winners

Find out what's in season this month.

As an ACTS Member, Macquarie staff and students get access to member-only resources including scholarships, webinars etc


Green Campus Guide - explore Macquarie's green side!

Bike Hubs available on campus

Car Pool to campus - and get preferential parking!

Make a personalised sustainability Action Plan here!

Wondering how to live a more sustainable life? Click here for some information...

Macquarie's Annual Sustainability Report

Weekly Walking Group - Monday 12.30pm

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