Student Engagement - What You Can Do

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.

2020 Sustainability Advisors

Jackson Casey (Albury-Wodonga)

Nickname: Jacko

Something that no one knows about me: I spent a year in England travelling and volunteering and an outdoor camp

What's the best thing about living on Res?  I think really being able to embrace and take in the student life part of being at Uni is the best bit. Res provides a chance for people to branch out and experience something you might not living off res.

After I finish my degree: Hopefully find a job in physiotherapy for a couple of years in Australia and then move overseas to continue working for a couple of years.

What interested you to become a Sustainability Advisor?: I think for me it was actually noticing what I was doing was wrong and how easy it is to change your ways to improve the environment around us. I find great value in being able to influence others and hopefully enact change in their lives to become more sustainable.

I’m excited to undertake this position, hopefully have a great year, educating everyone, whilst having fun in new and existing initiatives.

Nickname:  Rodge

Something that no one knows about me: I've sung with Julia Stone (of Angus and Julia Stone).

What’s the best thing about living on Res? The community; without fail the most unique and eclectic place I'll ever live.

After I finish my degree: I want to work as a paramedic in the UK whilst travelling.

What interested you to become a Sustainability Advisor:

I'm always been obsessed with doing my small part to reduce my carbon footprint, there's nothing better than doing something you enjoy and getting paid for it.

Miranda Rodgers (Bathurst)

Bailey Armstrong (Orange)

 

After I finish my degree:

My career goal would be to become a Sports Physiotherapist for a highly professional sports
team.

What interested you to become a Sustainability Advisor:

I am passionate because I want to make a difference to people’s lives as I want to promote more sustainable practices to reduce the impact through saving water, reducing energy consumption and food wastage. I applied for SA as I wanted to promote awareness and educate students on sustainable living and the environmental concerns that we face every day.
SA involves running events and activities throughout the year to get students on board to living a more sustainable life. Examples include Earth Hour and Energy challenge which focuses on reducing energy consumption.
I hope to be able to implement new ideas such as a veggie patch and hold events throughout the year such as Res cycle and a candlelit dinner for Earth Hour to teach recycling practices and change student’s attitudes to sustainability.

Holly Threlfo (Port Macquarie)

Nickname:  Hol 

Something that no one knows about me: I have an identical  twin also studying at Charles Sturt Uni!

What’s the best thing about living on Res? Creating new friendships with people from all different courses that will last a
lifetime.You are an individual at Charles Sturt, where lecturers and staff know you by your first name and create a real connection with you.

Maddison Taylor (Wagga Wagga)

After I finish my degree: I hope to one day open and run my own vet clinic

What interested you to become sustainability advisor: My passion for the earth and my determination to make it a better place, in particular our university environment.

Nickname: Maddi :)

Something that no one knows about me: I had ferrets living in my room in first year because I missed them so much

Whats the best thing about living on Res: easily the social life, you meet so many people and definitely make life long friends

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.

Student financial support

Sustainability at Charles Sturt can provide you with financial support to assist with attending relevant conferences and other sustainability-related professional development opportunities. Contact Sustainability at Charles Sturt 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

Sustainability at Charles Sturt 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 Sustainability at Charles Sturt Facebook page on the club social media pages and encourage members to like our page
  • Before departure make an announcement that Sustainability at Charles Sturt has provided support for your sustainable transport option
  • Promote CSU as Australia's first certified carbon neutral university
  • Encourage students to visit the Sustainability at Charles Sturt 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 Sustainability at Charles Sturt for promotion after the event

Club committees can use the online form to apply for a bus subsidy and contact Sustainability at Charles Sturt csugreen@csu.edu.au with any questions.

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 Sustainability at Charles Sturt meet with the incoming SRC to explore ways to better embed sustainability practices in SRC initiatives and form partnerships in which the SRC and Sustainability at Charles Sturt 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 Sustainability at Charles Sturt 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.

The Wagga Wagga CEC is called the Environmental Action Group Ensuring Restoration and Reconciliation (EAGERR).

Contact csugreen@csu.edu.au. if you are interested in learning more about your Campus Environment Committee

2021 CEC Meeting Dates

Date/Campus Albury WodongaBathurstDubboOrange Wagga Wagga Port Macquarie
Meeting 1 March 11 March 18
12-1pm
February 25
11:30am - 1pm
February 9
12-1pm
March 18 
12-1:30pm
March 1
1-2:30pm
Meeting 2 May 6 May 20 May 20  May 4 May 20 May 3
Meeting 3 August 5  August 12  August 19  August 3  August 12  August 2
Meeting 4 October 14 October 28 November 18 November 9          October 28  October 4