UOW Pulse is committed to taking our environmental and community responsibilities seriously.
UOW Pulse has been named as a WINNER in the 2018 Green Gown Awards Australasia in the Campus Health, Food & Drink category.
The Green Gown Awards is the first and only Award Scheme dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability within the tertiary education sector in Australasia. The Campus Health, Food & Drink category recognises achievements beyond good practice in the delivery of campus food, drink and hospitality. It celebrates innovation, creativity and consideration for procurement, delivery, communication which has resulted in behaviour changes across staff, students and community.
UniBar - 'Setting the Bar' for sustainability
The UOW UniBar is leading the way in environmental initiatives. Along with installing the Pulpmaster 5000, UniBar uses biodegradable cutlery, ditched plastic straws and have developed separated recycling bins with printed directions for students.
UniBar has been leading the sustainability change and has reduced its waste to landfill by 84% (from 12000L to 1920L per week). Initiatives include:
- Replacing plastic packaging with certifiable alternatives made from renewable resources.
- Replacing single use cups with reusable polycarbonate cups and removing removing plastic straws has eliminated the use of approximately 50,000 cups and 10,000 straws per year.
- Installation of a Pulpmaster waste to energy system to pulp food waste and compostable food packaging. This system is diverting approximately 2700kg of organic waste from landfill each week.
- Provision of general waste, recycling and organic waste bins. Staff sort through bins to remove contamination before disposal. \
- The introduction of a soft plastic bin and recycling process.
- Introduction of a vegan option menu to reduce carbon footprint. (UOW was named Australia's most Vegan Friendly by PETA).
UniBar has become the first bar at an Australian university to receive 'Ocean Friendly' accreditation by the Surfrider Foundation Australia.
The Ocean Friendly Program, recognises businesses who are taking action on plastic pollution by implementing measures to reduce single-use plastic items at their source and demonstrating a commitment to reducing negative environmental impacts.
Watch the short video below to check out all the great things the UOW UniBar been doing to help the environment.
Rush - Reducing Waste to Landfill
BYO CUP AND SAVE: Bring your own cup or mug to any Rush Coffee outlet and we will give you 30 cents off your coffee!
DINE IN AT THE RUSH COFFEE CART: Enjoy some sunshine and fresh air in the beautiful White Cedar Court Yard (behind Bld 14). Dine in with a mug or cup from our 'mug tree'. (BYO discount does not apply when using cups provided for 'dine in').
PUT A LID ON WASTE, NOT ON YOUR COFFEE: If drinking your coffee nearby, give the lid a miss!
UniShop now stocking Recover Textile System
In 2018 UniShop introduced an environmentally friendly merchandise line - the Recover Upcycled Textile System. This system reduces landfill, saves textile waste, plastic bottles, water, hazardous chemicals, CO2 emissions and energy! Check out the video below to find out all the great things that Recover is doing to make a positive change to our planet.
Recover clothing is available in store NOW at Unishop! We are proud to help create a more sustainable future for generations to come.
UniLife Campus Garden
Our very own UniLife Enviro Warrior Volunteers have been busy planting beautiful plants, delicious herbs and even some bush tucker in a new Campus Garden at The White Cedar Courtyard.
The goal of the garden is to generate discussion surrounding local food production and hopefully to encourage others to start their own gardens at home.
Students and staff are encouraged to tend to the garden if they wish. If you see a critter, please try to find it a new home and feel free to take some leaves, but only what you need.
We ditched our bag habit
From 24 July 2017 all UOW Pulse owned campus outlets went plastic bag free at the register. Instead of a plastic bag, customers can bring their own bag; grab a cardboard box free of charge (at IGA) or opt for one of the low cost sustainable bag options.
Plastic bag free outlets include IGA, UniShop, UniBar, UniActive, Post Office, Rush, Fuel and Boost. Pulse is currently working to reducing the use of single use plastics across other campus outlets.