Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Green star stickers

CSU drives home green message

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann launched a new education initiative on Thursday 21 August which drives home the University's commitment to sustainability and carbon emissions reduction.

CSU Fleet Services, in partnership with CSU Green, the University's sustainability unit, have developed stickers that display a vehicle's fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions rating.

Similar to energy rating stickers on household appliances, the CSU Greenhouse Star Rating stickers show a rating from one to five (five being the most environmentally friendly). The ratings are calculated using the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide.

The stickers are displayed on the rear window of each CSU vehicle. At present, more than 50 per cent of CSU's 271 passenger and commercial vehicles have a 3.5 star rating or higher.

"Charles Sturt University has made significant improvements to move towards a greener fleet of vehicles. The number of five-star rated vehicles has almost doubled in two years," Professor Vann said.

"At the same time we are working to reduce the number of vehicles in our fleet, and to replace older vehicles with vehicles with ratings of 3.5 or higher."

The initiative is a major step towards achieving fleet carbon emissions reduction, increasing fuel efficiency, and promoting inter-campus carpooling for staff and students.

CSU Fleet and Services Manager Mr Davin Kendall said, "The new fleet stickers not only educate the Charles Sturt University community, but also the wider community, which can only benefit the environment.

"As many staff and students are required to travel to our regional campuses and locations and various other destinations across NSW and Victoria, the provision of cost effective and eco-friendly vehicles is paramount."

The CSU Greenhouse Star Rating sticker launch will be held at 11am on Thursday 21 August at the front of the National Life Sciences Hub (NaLSH), building 289, near carpark 25, Nathan Cobb Drive, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

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