O deer! Behind the conflict between humans and deer in Victoria

Deer numbers in Northeast Victoria have exploded in recent years as humans and deer compete for space and resources in the region. Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher, Dr Jennifer Bond, says conflict issues include road safety, environmental degradation, and loss of productivity on private land.

“Underlying this is a human-to-human conflict regarding ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’,” said Dr Bond, who is an expert in human conflict over natural resources and conservation with the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society.

“People have different perspectives of deer – some want to see them protected, others want them eradicated, still others want to manage numbers so they can hunt them,” she said.  Dr Bond believes it is important to understand underlying narratives in these perspectives and values, and the conflicts between them.  “I hope we can use these understandings to design public consultation processes and government policies that are responsive to Victorian communities,” Dr Bond said.

Several agencies are working on deer management in Victoria, including the collaborative Hume Regional Deer Forum in Northeast Victoria. As there has been little research undertaken on human-deer interaction to date, this research will help fill that gap.

Dr Bond’s initial research will investigate the history behind human-deer interaction in Victoria, how the human-deer conflict has been portrayed in traditional and social media since 2000, and which perspectives currently dominate public opinion in Victoria.  Dr Bond is aiming to collect stories on human-deer interactions from people in Northeast Victoria later this year. The project is funded by CSU Green.

Deer were first introduced into Victoria in the 1860s by the Acclimatisation Society of Victoria to help share and distribute different animals such as deer and goats for game or economic value.

Stay in touch with this project and find out more at the Facebook page Human Wildlife Interactions Australia

Cheers catering and CSU students fight food waste

Students moving out of Wagga Wagga campus residences have again sorted unwanted food for donation with the support of the student Sustainability Advisor, Sophie Kingston who assisted students to sort their unwanted belongings as they moved away from university.  This has resulted in 503 meals being made from perishable food waste and donated to OzHarvest in Wagga for distribution to local people experiencing hardship.  Thanks to Toby, Sophie and everyone involved in a great effort to make this happen and ensure that this food doesn't get wasted.

CSU Green Manager Ed Maher recognised in State Award

CSU Green manager Ed Maher was jointly awarded the 2018 Sustainability Champion Award for his work delivering environmental programs that led to CSU becoming Australia's first certified carbon neutral university.

The CSU programs included the roll-out at CSU of one of Australia’s largest roof top solar systems, and a ‘War on Waste’ campaign that more than halved the number of disposable coffee cups used across on-campus cafes and has been rolled-out to cafes elsewhere.

Ed said receiving the award was a great honour, particularly because the reputation of the award was synonymous for achieving good sustainable outcomes.  “The recognition reflects Charles Sturt University’s commitment to and importance placed on sustainability as being part of how it does business" he said.

The awards have been held since 2012, so they come with a level of prestige and recognition among business, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors. The Green Globes are awarded by the NSW Office of Heritage and Environment at a ceremony held in Sydney on the 4th October 2018.

Among the other award winners was CSU alumna Ms Anika Molesworth who received the Young Sustainability Champion Award for her advocacy and promotion of sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural communities.

Read the full CSU Media Release

CSU goes 'Straw No More'

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is going ‘Straw No More’ by abandoning the use of plastic straws at all its catering outlets from Monday 8 October.

CSU Food and Beverage manager Mr Brett Russell (pictured, with the 'last plastic straw') said, “Plastic straws are an issue in the environment, as they contribute to littering across our campuses and the wider community.

“They are particularly problematic if they enter waterways where they can cause significant harm to wildlife.

“Plastic straws are literally used for a few minutes before we throw them away, and every plastic straw ever made is still somewhere on our planet, so they are never really thrown ‘away’; there is no ‘away’.”

Mr Russell said CSU’s adoption of the Straw No More initiative follows the success of the University’s ‘War on Waste’ campaign to reduce the number of disposable coffee cups sold across its campus food outlets (CHEERS) by over 50 per cent since August 2017.
Read the full media release

65,000 plastic straws every year were used by CSU before we launched the Straw No More campaign

Next Solar Installation Phase begins across CSU

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has begun the installation of solar panels that will provide the University with over 2,500 kW of renewable energy across its Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange campuses.

The installation will add to the existing 1700kW solar energy generation at CSU in Wagga Wagga; one of Australia’s largest solar rooftop projects on a single site. The original Stage 1 project partner, NSW company Todae Solar, was also successful in being awarded the second stage.

CSU Green manager Ed Maher said on-site renewable energy generation is a critical part of the University’s aspirations to source all of its energy needs from renewable sources.  “The University’s staff and students and the community welcomed the first phase, and the University is looking forward to providing its campuses at Dubbo, Albury, Orange and Bathurst with the significant benefits that this clean energy brings,” Mr Maher said, and added the project will create jobs for local firms.

This expansion provides nearly $6 million in savings over a conventional power plan so it brings triple bottom line benefits to the campuses and the University as a whole. Over 7,100 panels will cover over 50 buildings saving over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year over the life of the project compared to emissions-intensive conventional energy.  The annual energy generated is equivalent to that used by around 580 family homes. Regional Australia benefits too with local clean energy jobs, reduced energy costs, a cleaner environment due to significant emission reductions, and a stronger grid.

Read the full media release

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CSU student Awarded CO2 Australia Scholarship

CSU Emily Jones (Bachelor Agricultural Business Management) accepts the Regional Professionals Scholarship from CO2 Australia Project Officer Brad Holt (August 2018)

This is the first year that CO2 Australia has offered this scholarship, which aims to help Indigenous students create effective pathways between higher education and employment in regional areas. CSU Director of Advancement Sarah Ansell also presented a certificate of appreciation to Brad, who graciously accepted it on behalf of CO2 Australia. “We are pleased to partner with CSU to establish this scholarship, as we see it as a way to support prospective students from Indigenous backgrounds to access higher education opportunities and help young people to develop diverse, long-term careers in regional locations.” – James Bulinski, Managing Director at CO2 Australia and CSU Alumni

CSU releases 2017 Sustainability Scorecard

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has released the 2017 Sustainability Scorecard which details activities and achievements that contribute to CSU cementing its commitment to environmental sustainability and building upon being ‘Australia’s first Carbon Neutral University’.

Manager of CSU Green Mr Ed Maher said, “The 2017 Sustainability Scorecard highlights many exciting developments towards best practice in sustainability for Charles Sturt University.

“One of the most visible examples was the completion of our 1.77 megawatt solar installation at the University in Wagga Wagga, which remains one of Australia’s largest roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems,” he said.
Read the media release

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Snapshot of 2017 CSU Green sustainability scorecard key achievements including War on Waste and staff and student participation.  Read more about CSU's efforts in the 2017 Sustainability Scorecard

Snapshot Video - CSU Green 2017 Sustainability Scorecard

CSU wins ‘Most Valuable Team Ribbon’ in 2018 University bioQuest

A team of scientists from the Charles Sturt University (CSU) including Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, Dr James Turner, Dr James Van Dyke, Dr Maggie Watson, Dr Damian Michael, ILWS PhD scholarship student Mr Harry Moore, and Ms Karen Retra have taken home the 'Most Valuable Team Ribbon' for their effort competing in the QuestaGame University BioQuest.

Participating with the support of CSU Green through a grass roots grant, the team recorded biodiversity highlights throughout the wetlands of CSU Albury-Wodonga recording sightings of a peregrine falcon, azure kingfishers, a wayward broad shelled turtle, a southern rainbow skink, and marbled geckos.

Read more about CSU's University bioQuest award

CSU wins national award for 'War On Waste'

Through a terrific partnership between CSU Green and the CHEERS team at nine of our on campus food and beverage outlets, CSU have won the Tertiary Access Group (TAG) 2018 national award for‘Best Commercial Retail Campaign’ for the ‘War on Waste Campaign’. Reducing the sale of disposable coffee cups by 38,816 from August 2017 to the end of 2017, the campaign is having a lasting impact on attitudes to waste and behaviour change at CSU.

Read more about CSU's (TAG) award win

Solar installation CSU Wagga Wagga

We are forward thinkers

The installation of solar photovoltaic panels across the rooftops of 17 buildings at CSU Wagga Wagga is now complete. This milestone continues to enhance CSU's reputation as leaders in sustainability. At 1.77 megawatts, CSU can now boast the largest single site rooftop renewable energy system in Australia and celebrate our proactive approach to the adoption of renewable energy.

Don't let your computer end up in landfill

At CSU, we take electronic waste (e-waste) disposal seriously. The CSU Computer Shop has an e-waste recycling program in place for old University IT assets. This program covers all campuses and recycles CSU-owned computers and accessories.About 99 per cent of materials that make up a computer are recyclable, so you can help the environment by turning your old device to create new, useful items.

To take advantage of the CSU Computer Shop e-waste recycling program, log an IT Service Desk request and complete the Asset Disposal Form [pdf 1mb]. Ensure a copy of the form is left with the goods for collection. See the Information Technology Equipment Disposal Policy for further details.

For more information on e-waste, view CSU Green's fact sheet [pdf 160kb]

CSU = Carbon Neutral

CSU is excited to be Australia's first official carbon neutral university.Certified as 'Carbon Neutral' against the National Carbon Offset Standard as part of the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program, we are once again demonstrating leadership in sustainability at CSU.

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