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USU is committed to a sustainable future, ensuring best practices are embedded into everything we provide, from our events and cafes to our student programs and facilities.

Here is a list of what we're doing so far:
  • Our coffee is Rainforest Alliance Fairtrade supplied by Vittoria Coffee with $1 from every bag sold going directly to Oz Harvest

  • All USU venues use #IAMNOTPAPER compostable biodegradable single-use cups and lids

  • BioPak compostable tableware and packaging is used in all USU venues

  • We have introduced the Green Caffeen reusable cup swap and go system to all USU cafes

  • We offer a 50-cent discount when you BYO a bowl at Courtyard, Abercrombie, Carslaw and Laneway

  • We have a mug wall at Courtyard where customers may borrow a reusable cup

  • Our bars operate with zero plastic and provide a reusable cup deposit system using bettercup

  • Our bread is supplied by the Bread and Butter Project, Australia’s first social enterprise bakery

  • We provide a container deposit scheme in four key buildings to capture bottles and cans for recycling

  • We have introduced a coffee ground reuse program at our outlets

  • We provide and manage the USYD Food Hub at Level 3 Wentworth Building to support our student community

  • In partnership with USYD Grounds, we have introduced an organic waste recovery program in the Holme Building

  • We have eliminated plastic straws in our bars and outlets and 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 and packaging in our outlets and Food Truck

  • Our USU Food Truck always provides a minimum of 50% plant-based food options

  • We offer USYD Frank Green reusable cups and UNTRASHY reusable straws at an affordable price

  • We support and donate to Oz Harvest

  • We run regular volunteer days to support Oz Harvest and Eat Up Australia

  • We are committed to the Plastic Free Campus initiative and are working to phase out single-use plastics in our retail venues

  • Our USYD Hoodies are 100% Ethical Australia sourced

  • All ticketed events we run on campus are sold via Humanitix

  • We have a full ban on balloons at Festivals

  • We have committed to City of Sydney’s Zero Waste Single Use Plastic Pledge and Love Food Sydney project

  • We are partnering with Sydney Environment Institute, Plate It Forward and FoodLab Sydney to introduce a Community Kitchen & Sustainability Hub on campus

  • We have 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, environmental, and ecological goals