Think Before You Throw: UWS launches Sustainability Month
The University of Western Sydney has launched Sustainability Month at the UWS Parramatta campus with a range of free giveaways and events reinforcing this year’s theme ‘Think Before You Throw’.
Officially opened by the UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid, Sustainability Month celebrates the University’s wide range of programs and services that encourage staff and students to be mindful of the natural environment in their everyday lives.
As part of this UWS Sustainability Month, the University will be distributing free reusable ‘Karma coffee cups’ to staff and students, as well as spreading the word about its range of recycling options for anything from green waste to old sneakers.
To coincide with the launch, UWS has unveiled its new fleet of mountain bikes for security guards, which will help UWS in its drive to lower greenhouse gas emissions across all six campuses.
The Events Coordinator at uwsconnect Jo Quinn says Sustainability Month, now in its second year, is an important way to reach out to the university community.
“The University of Western Sydney works all year round to provide our campuses with sustainable products and services, and during Sustainability Month we really go out into our community to promote everything that’s available to help people make a difference to the environment,” she says.
“This year is bigger than ever, and we are holding a range of activities to spread our sustainability agenda, from hosting recycled craft & fashion workshops, to holding native animal information session featuring live species.”
Greening Australia will also be active at UWS Parramatta campus distributing native tree seedlings to be planted around Sydney, and waste management company SITA will be on hand to promote its wide range of recycling services for anything from old mobile phones to used computers.
UWS Sustainability Month is hosted by the UWS Office of Sustainability and uwsconnect.
13 August 2013
Words & photos: Mark Smith