Community Engagement

Sustainability is possible only if the whole community is committed to achieving this goal. As environmental awareness and the importance of sustainability continues to grow in the mainstream, more and more opportunities have arisen on campus for staff, students and visitors to get involved.

Integration, communication and engagement are key components of UNSW's Environmental Management Plan.
See the EMP for a status report for 2016.


From major ongoing university-wide campaigns to annual events focused on environmental sustainability issues, here are just a few of the community engagement activities occurring on campus throughout the year:

  • UNSW Grand Challenges - engaging experts on campus and around the globe to discuss the sustainability challenges facing our society
  • Global Climate Change Week – a global initiative that encourages academic communities in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions
  • OWeek Sustainability engagement stall
  • Earth Hour events
  • Ride to Work Day
  • Clean up Australia activities.

Sustainability promotion and communication

The Sustainability office promotes the University's sustainability objectives through:

  • UNSW's Environmental Management System
  • Cutting-edge sustainability reporting
  • Submitting applications for sustainability awards and rankings such as the UI GreenMetric Ranking of world universities (in 2016 UNSW came 24th out of 516, i.e. the top 5%, of competing universities)
  • newsletters, social media and websites.

Student groups

Everyday sustainable living practices require people to actively get involved to create a culture that accepts sustainability as the norm. At UNSW, we have a vibrant campus that seeks to promote best practices and behaviours.

Our students (often in collaboration with staff) conduct an enormous range of activities that benefit the community throughout the year, these are just a few of the groups and initiatives:

  • Amnesty International UNSW
  • ARC Environmental Collective (student representative council)
  • UNSW Oxfam Club
  • UNSW Bike Club
  • Thoughtful Foods (UNSW's Organic Food Coop)
  • Stationary Re-use Centre
  • Arc Student Development and Volunteer Programs
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • International Student Volunteers
  • United Nations Society
  • Vegetarian Society.