Student Engagement - What You Can Do

Action plan

Initiatives

Get involved in initiatives to reduce your carbon footprint at CSU by:

  • running for Student Representative Council and encouraging the group to show active leadership on sustainability issues
  • encouraging others to discuss today's sustainability issues on social media
  • get involved in Tree Planting Day
  • ride or walk or carpool to campus
  • use the free water stations
  • use the waste separation stations
  • REScycle
  • donate food and household items through Move Out
  • develop a sustainability project idea and submit a funding application to CSU's Sustainability Grants program
  • take a look at these short film resources [doc 17kb]. For all the initiatives check out our events calendar.

Sustainability Advisors

If you live on campus, you can significantly improve sustainability in student residences as a Sustainability Advisor. Coordinate sustainability initiatives and events in your dorm, write an article for your student magazine or be the student sustainability voice on your SRC or Campus Environment Committee.

2018 Sustainability Advisors

  • Josh Bruni (Albury-Wodonga)
  • Bree Fonti (Bathurst)
  • Declan Johnstone (Orange)
  • Annabelle Chisholm (Port Macquarie)
  • Sophie Kingston and Ruby Costello (Wagga Wagga)

Student financial support

CSU Green can provide you with financial support to assist with attending relevant conferences and other sustainability-related professional development opportunities. Contact CSU Green at csugreen@csu.edu.au. to find out if you are eligible to receive financial assistance for the conference or skill-building opportunity you're interested in.

Bus share subsidy

CSU Green assist student clubs with share bus hire for ball events. The program offers clubs a 50% contribution towards hire costs capped at $200 and a total of two subsidies per year per club.

The promotional requirements of this sponsorship partnership include:

  • Share CSU Green Facebook page on the club social media pages and encourage members to like our page
  • Before departure make an announcement that CSU Green has provided support for your sustainable transport option
  • Promote CSU as Australia's first certified carbon neutral university
  • Encourage students to visit the CSU Green website for Student Engagement, News and Events, Grants and Active Transport pages
  • Display the shared transport and upcoming sustainability initiative posters in the bus
  • Provide event photos and student testimonials to CSU Green for promotion after the event

Club committees can contact CSU Green csugreen@csu.edu.au with requests for subsidy support and more information.

Sustainability grants

Do you have a sustainability project idea? Need financial support to make it happen? Sustainability grants are a great way to turn your sustainability ideas into reality.

Student Sustainability Groups (SSG)

Student sustainability groups are a great way to get involved in sustainability initiatives while studying. In an SSG, you can:

  • run an event on campus
  • start a community garden
  • apply for a sustainability grants
  • join your Campus Environment Committee
  • write a sustainability article for your student magazine
  • bring sustainability initiatives to your SRC.

If you're keen to join or create an SSG on campus, contact csugreen@csu.edu.au for more information.

Green Adventure People @ Albury-Wodonga

Kerr Sustainability Centre @ Albury-Wodonga

Eco Life @ Orange

Eco Active @ Wagga Wagga

SRC Sustainability Partnership

At the start of each year CSU Green meet with the incoming SRC to explore ways to better embed sustainability practices in SRC initiatives and form partnerships in which the SRC and CSU Green can work together to achieve CSU's sustainability goals.

This is achieved through...

  • SRCs electing a sustainability representative at each campus
  • SRCs working with student Sustainability Advisors in residences
  • SRCs embedding sustainable practices into their events and initiatives
  • SRC members supporting and promoting CSU Green events and initiatives to all students
  • SRC members undertaking professional development opportunities including attending sustainability conferences, volunteering and internships
  • SRC members demonstrating leadership in sustainability and advocating for CSU's sustainability goals

To view previous SRC ideas for greater student engagement in sustainability at CSU and review progress updates, see the Student Engagement Portfolio

Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS)

CSU are proud members of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), a leading inter-institutional body advocating for best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the tertiary education sector.  Our membership also provides students and staff access to range of member only sustainability resources.

Campus Environment Committee (CEC)

You can get involved in sustainability on campus by becoming a member of your Campus Environment Committee. No matter which faculty or division you work within, if you have an interest in sustainability and would like to offer your on-ground knowledge, expertise and passion for sustainability to help us develop initiatives, reach sustainability targets and environmental goals on campus, get involved with your nearest CEC.

Albury-Wodonga AWCEC

You can contact the AWCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocalburywodonga@csu.edu.au.

Bathurst BCEC

You can contact the BCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocbathurst@csu.edu.au.

Dubbo DCEC

You can contact the DCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocdubbo@csu.edu.au.

Orange OCEC

You can contact the OCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocorange@csu.edu.au.

Port Macquarie PMCEC

You can contact the PMCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocportmacquarie@csu.edu.au.

Wagga Wagga WWCEC

You can contact the WWCEC with ideas, suggestions, comments or other contributions by emailing the Community Relations Officer hocwaggawagga@csu.edu.au.

CEC terms of reference [pdf 24kb]

CEC poster [pdf 1.1mb]