Capturing Sustainability Data at MQ
You can't manage what you don't measure and Macquarie University is measuring our energy use, carbon emissions and environmental performance with the help of software provider, CarbonSystems. The Carbon System’s Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP), which is web-based, is a comprehensive solution which will streamline the measuring and monitoring of our energy use and efficiency, water consumption and waste generation, for Campus buildings and all University assets.
The system is in the final stages of setup and once in place, the main benefits will be:
For more information, please contact Hilary Bekmann, Manager Sustainability, Macquarie University Property at firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective management of sustainability data
Efficiency Modelling - Identification of consumption patterns will help us to develop effective planning strategies and initiatives, which in turn will allow us to implement optimal energy efficiency projects.
Sustainable Solutions - With a more complete picture of usage and costs, areas for operational improvement can be identified and cost saving solutions implemented. In particular, the ESP will help us successfully tackle carbon reduction management by allowing us to accurately assess the impacts, payback periods and return on investment of our energy efficiency and other environmental initiatives. It will also help to curtail rising energy prices, delivering financial benefits.
Compliance Reporting - The ESP will provide data assurance for our reporting obligations under the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS), Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO), Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and our Annual Report.
Energy values at a building level - Essentially it will help us to effectively plan our sustainability projects, keep you informed and engaged and help create a more sustainable University.
An opportunity to hear from a leader in UK University Sustainability – not to be missed!
Internationally renowned Jimmy Brannigan from ESD Consulting in the UK is coming to Macquarie University. Jimmy has a vast experience working with Universities and Colleges, and other organisations such as WWF to stimulate change for sustainability. At this seminar Jimmy will provide an enlightening discussion on the NET positive ™ concept, which seeks to recognise the positive sustainability impacts that organisations such as Universities have - rather than the typical practice of focusing on the negatives! This seminar will be a motivating and informative session to assist you in broadening your perspective of possibilities to better capitalise on creating positive sustainability impacts in your department and for the University more broadly.
Where: McKenzie Room, Level 3 Campus Hub (C10A)
When: Wednesday 19th September, 9.30am-10.30am with morning tea provided
BYO: Friend/colleague and your own coffee mug
RSVP: Monday 17th September to Cindy Cunningham – email@example.com
University Travel Survey
Macquarie University Property invites you to participate in a short travel survey about how you currently travel to Campus and why you travel that way. Using this information, the University will develop and implement sustainable transport programs and policies to enhance the environmental, social and health qualities of staff, students and the local community.
By completing the survey, you will go in the draw to win one of two $200 vouchers for the experience of your choice at Red Balloon.
The survey will close on Wednesday 29 August, 2012. Information from this survey will only be used for statistical purposes.
Department Challenge Countdown
The 2012 Department Challenge winds up less than 2 weeks!
So many achievements so far:
· RSPCA Cupcake Day Fundraised $1677 (+ nearly $300 from the Tuesday student group that sold leftover + all the individual department fundraisers!)
· Shoes for Planet Earth = 150 pairs collected
· Swap Party = 470 items kept out of landfill + $242 for Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services.
Don’t forget lots of extra points can be earned in the Bonus Round category. The bonus section of the Challenge is an opportunity for Departments to identify a maximum of 3 different sustainability related initiatives that have commenced/been implemented since the beginning of the year. More than 3 initiatives to choose from? That’s great – choose your top 3 which will hit the best mark for social, environmental, economic, scope and reach!
Please join us for the 2012 Department Sustainability Challenge Awards Ceremony on Thursday 4 October 2012, 3.30-5pm in the Level 3 of the Campus Hub to celebrate our achievements and give out the winning awards. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and emails of those attending.
How Do Your Surroundings Support Sustainability?
Following on from the feature article above, focusing on green design, this month's exercise invites you to consider the extent to which your spaces are designed for sustainability.
Take a look around your space - whether it be your home, office or even a public space. Does the design encourage sustainable behaviours? Consider the following:
Is it easier to do the sustainable than the unsustainable thing? For example, it is it easier to recycle than send waste to landfill? Or easier to access by foot or bike than by car?
Is the sustainable option presented as the default for such behaviours as printing, lighting, heating and getting around?
How many people are doing unsustainable things through habit? That is, without really thinking, just because that is what they are used to doing in that situation. What elements of their surroundings are supporting that behaviour? (Do the same for sustainable behaviours).
Do people really know how to act sustainably in that space? Have they been encouraged and engaged?
If you see any aspects of the space which could be re-designed to support sustainable behaviours, consider what you could do to make that happen.
Source: Awake 2012 Newsletter
Awake provides psychology-based tools and services which support organisations and communities to develop a culture of sustainability.
Free Cycle Skills Workshops
Join our free Cycle Skills Workshops to learn bike maintenance, safety and on-road skills. Cycle Skills is a free course available to all Macquarie University staff and students. The course is designed for people who can already ride but want to develop more skills in riding safely within various cycling environments. All participants must bring a well functioning bicycle and an Australian Standards approved helmet to participate in this course.
Friday 31 August; 7 - 10am
Outdoor Active Court 1, Macquarie University
Bookings and complete Course Forms essential. Click here for more information.