Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The University does not have a centralised social media platform. Instead, each initiative has its own platform. We have plans to create a 'one stop shop' platform for all sustainability-related news:
Community Garden: https://www.facebook.com/USYD-Community-Garden-548697285208615/
Sustainability Program activities: https://www.instagram.com/sustainabilitysydney/
Food Coop: https://www.facebook.com/usydfoodcoop/

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

The University has sustainability related signage linked to bike racks and the bike fixing stations around the Camperdown/Darlington campus. We also provide signage to our end of trip facilities to encourage healthy practises and travel. This includes signage related to the 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind' program and 'Take the Stairs.

The signage associated with our indigenous cultural installations provides information how the exhibitions relate to Caring for Country, a foundational pillar in our Sustainability Strategy. Native planting at our new Chau Chak Wing Museum and healing garden at the Susan Wakil Business carry the name of plants in dual language including the Gadigal language of the land on which the Camperdown/Darlington Campus sits. We have plans to spread this further to include the new Living Lab Curriculum Garden planned for planting in July 2021.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Campus Flora (http://campusflora.sydney.edu.au) is an app that maps the location of individual plants and provides botanical information for each species, particularly across our Camperdown/Darlington campus and its surrounding suburbs. The app, designed by Associate Professor Rosanne Quinnell, has inbuilt functionality to craft trails (e.g. evolution of land plants, the 'eucalypts', ClimateWatch Citizen Science trail) that highlight important aspects of select plant groups and align with the current botanical curriculum. These trails also have appeal for the broader campus community.

Staff and students in other discipline areas are encouraged to partner with Prof. Quinnell in developing new trails, particularly trails that draw from multiple disciplines and that champion botanical literacy and human-plant connections.

In a collaboration that spans research, teaching and outreach, the app now offers the Patyegarang, Sydney Language trail to make language of the Gadi more visible and accessible. In a similar vein, the pin yins of plants native to China are offered, and of course the Tupi name for our iconic Jacaranda.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The University also has a comprehensive intranet site and regular internal news stories accessible to staff and students (not publicly) that includes more practical information such as recycling points, updates on how the University is being more sustainable.

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