A broad range of energy efficiency initiatives has already been implemented on campus, including building management systems and high efficiency solar hot water heating. Expanding on these, a sustainable energy strategy is being implemented, and current implementation activities include:
rooftop solar and batteries on Building Z, Kingswood campus as part of a solar Living Lab with Engineering
Kingswood pilot carpark solar structure to address urban heat, with investigations into integrated EV charging stations for electric vehicles
A modular 1 megawatt (MW) solar farm on Hawkesbury campus.
We also produced 257,420 kWh of solar electricity were generated for use at Hawkesbury and Kingswood in 2017, compared to only 52,906 kWh in 2010.
Water efficiency and use of alternate non-portable water resources are well established at Western. Strategies include:
Hawkesbury Water Recycling Scheme on Hawkesbury Campus, using recycled water supplied by Sydney Water and incorporating stormwater harvesting and reuse for farm and grounds operations
Rainwater harvesting at from roof spaces at Parramatta and Kingswood campus for irrigation and toilet flushing
Stormwater harvesting and reuse at Campbelltown student residences for landscaping
Water efficient fixtures in architectural guidelines for all building refurbishments.
We also reused 545,051 kL of recycled water used on campus through stormwater harvesting and water sensitive urban design in 2018.
Waste and Recycling
We recycled 986 tonnesof co-mingle containers, carboard and paper in 2018 (85% of total waste diverted from landfill), compared with 324 tonnes (15% of the total) in 2010. Waste and recycling outputs changed drastically due to a number of initaitves. These include:
Recycling of materials which has increased substantially through waste compaction on Bankstown, Hawkesbury, Campbelltown, Nirimba, Parramatta and Penrith campuses
Collecting paper and cardboard waste to be sorted into material grades for recycling processes (confidential papers are securely transported to a waste facility and shredded prior to recycling)
Other waste services including trade waste (grease traps), and recycling of metals, batteries, fluorescent lights, toner cartridges and Styrofoam packaging.