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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:
  • We provide and manage the USYD Food Hub at Level 3 Wentworth Building to support our student community. This service as provided food support to over 6000 students already in 2023. Food is sourced for several key partners including Foodbank, Coco and Lucas and Second Bite

  • Introduced Refilled to USYD campus - a sustainable beverage ecosystem that eliminates single-use plastics bottles

  • Developed a sustainable USYD apparel range with each garment made from 30 plastic bottles available in USYD Store online and on campus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 and will always seek to provide options for Halal and Gluten Free dietary requirements

  • 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 through our C&S program 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

  • Frequently support & partner with FoodLab Sydney – a non profit kitchen incubator

  • 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