The USU is committed to a sustainable future for our campus community and has made commitments ensuring sustainability is embedded into everything we provide – from our events and cafés to our student programs and facilities.

Here is a list of what we are doing so far:

  •  Our coffee is Rainforest Alliance Fairtrade supplied by Vittoria Coffee and $1 from every bag sold goes directly to Oz Harvest
  •  All USU venues use #IAMNOTPAPER compostable and biodegradeable single use cups and lids
  •  We use BioPak compostable tableware and packaging in all USU venues as well as working towards removing all single use plastic kitchens and bars by March 2022
  •  We will be introducing Green Caffeen reusable cup swap and go system to all USU cafes from February 2022
  •  In partnership with USYD Grounds we will be introducing an organics waste program in the Holme Building to recover our food waste and organic waste. Commencing January 2022
  •  All ticketed events we run on campus are sold via Humanitix
  •  We manage and provide USYD Food Hub at Level 3 Wentworth Building to support our student community
  •  We are have a full ban of balloons at Festivals
  •  We have eliminated plastic straws in our bars and outlets and only offer #iamnotplastic straws on request
  •  We have eliminated 80% of plastic bottle waste in our outlets where we now use The Juggler milk tap system
  •  We use Biotrem & BioPak compostable tableware exclusively via our USU eats Food Truck
  •  We always provide a minimum 50% plant based options via our USU eats Food Truck and are looking to introduce Meat Free Monday’s at Courtyard 
  •  We are moving all single use packaging in our outlets to BioPak compostable solutions 
  •  We offer a discount of 50 cents when you BYO a bowl at Courtyard, Abercrombie, Carslaw and Laneway
  •  USU Rewards members get 35 cents when they BYO a cup or mug
  •  We have a mug wall at Courtyard where customers may borrow a reusable cup
  •  We provide a container deposit scheme in 4 key buildings to capture bottles and cans
  •  We have introduced a coffee ground reuse program at our outlets
  •  We have installed a Farmwall micro-green wall at Courtyard
  •  We have partnered with Bring Me Home to provide a comprehensive Food Rescue program
  •  We offer USYD Frank Green reusable cups and UNTRASHY reusable straws at an affordable price
  •  We support and donate to Oz Harvest
  •  Regular volunteer days with Oz Harvest and Eat Up Australia
  •  We are working to phase out most single use plastics in our retail venues and are committed to the Plastic Free Campus initiative
  •  Our USYD Hoodies are 100% Ethical Australia sourced 
  •  Our bars operate with zero plastic and provide a reusable cup deposit system
  •  Our bread is supplied by the Bread and Butter Project, Australia’s first social enterprise bakery
  •  We have committed to City of Sydney’s Zero Waste Sydney Single Use Plastic Pledge
  •  We have committed to City of Sydney’s Love Food Sydney project
  •  We are partnering with Sydney Environment Insititute, Plate It Forward and FoodLab Sydney to introduce a Community Kitchen & Sustainability Hub on campus 
  •  Introduced a community recycling collection hub within Level 2 Wentworth Building 


In our effort to become more sustainable we have partnered with companies who share similar social, environment and ecological goals:

If you have an idea or would like to help us with our mission to make USYD the most sustainable campus in Australia, contact us

USU Sustainability

02 9563 6000

For expression of interest in relation to corporate partnerships at Enviro Week 2022, please email:
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