Partnerships and engagement
Building connections through mutually beneficial collaboration
Working together with internal and external communities, businesses, and suppliers allows us to:
- inspire creative solutions
- challenge perceptions
- provide insights
- share expertise
- create opportunity for greater efficiencies
- support the development of meaningful relationships that create robust organisations.
Join our active movement and make a difference socially, environmentally and economically today.
Who doesn't want to be involved in a movement to make the world a better place? Find out simple ways you can embed sustainability into your life, across campus and at home by telling everyone - Sustainability, I'm In!
M-Power provides a fun and meaningful way for our community to engage with sustainability themes. Simple and direct action can be undertaken alongside every day activities.
M-Power was designed to empower and engage our community to make a positive difference through specific quarterly themes. This innovative program provides free tools, strategies and support for staff to engage with and drive sustainable practices across their departments.
Learn more about our M-Power themes, and initiatives undertaken by staff and students.
Embedding sustainability in all we do is a collective responsibility.
Committing to sustainability is more than the operational aspects of developing a vibrant and sustainable campus. Committing to sustainability is about making it business-as-usual in your organisational culture. To this end, embedding sustainability in all we do is a collective responsibility. Target: Better Futures is designed to help your department work towards that.
The Sustainability Representative Network (SRN) promotes sustainability within departments and offices. This allows for sharing of best practice and ideas in order to meet the vision, objectives and targets set for the University. The SRN is comprised of dedicated staff and students who are enthusiastic about being involved in discussions, actions and initiatives to make a difference.
Macquarie University supports community volunteering by providing up to two days leave for continuing full time and part time staff.
Learn more about our staff community volunteering program.
Our concept of a Living Laboratory presents the built and natural environments of campus as a resource for learning and research.
An arboretum is a collection of plants, and at Macquarie University our whole campus is included in our Arboretum. Discover all the different aspects of our arboretum, from teaching and demonstration gardens, to self-guided walks and tours.
Bushcare volunteers alongside professional regenerators have been working to restore native vegetation on campus since 2008.
Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest on Campus requires effort to be focused on regeneration and reducing the impact of weeds.
This project involves Macquarie reclaiming a mown landscape, and returning it to a bushland recovery site using a variety of ecological restoration techniques.
Mars Creek wetland
A rehabilitation project along the length of Mars Creek as it flows through campus uses innovative environmental management.
Permaculture demonstration garden
Permaculture is an amalgamation of the words “Permanent Agriculture”. It combines landscape architecture with sustainable agriculture and ecological principles. Permaculture designs incorporate natural elements such as sun, landscape, wind, rainfall, and climate, with the aim of maximising benefits to people and planet.
The impact purchasing has on the financial, social and environmental health of a business or community can be minimised when aligned with sustainable values and goals.
Staff are encouraged to consider the whole lifecycle of all products and services purchased. University policies help guide staff on how to make best decisions regarding purchasing sustainably. Where possible, any furniture requirements are sourced from our Furniture Reuse Store.
The food available at Macquarie University embodies principles of Sustainable catering:
- various Fair Trade options
- range of healthy menu items
- increased vegetarian, vegan, organic and gluten free options
- packaging approximately 100% biodegradable/compostable
- sale of reusable mugs
- financial incentives encouraging patrons to bring reusable mugs
Learn more about sustainable purchasing at Macquarie.
How to minimise negative impacts and increase positive outcomes.
Having a rating tells your attendees and the general community that you are striving to minimise negative impacts and strive for more positive outcomes. Complete the Sustainable Event Summary Form by checking those actions that you were able to incorporate into your event. Or even use this tool as a way to identify areas that you can improve next time. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making your life easier by doing the groundwork for you.
Guides have been developed to enable staff and students to reduce the ecological footprint of events and catering to help make Macquarie University more sustainable. Our tour guide has also been developed for staff, students and community to discover all the different ways Macquarie University is embedding sustainability throughout its day-to-day operations.
NSW households send an average of 800,000 tonnes of food a year to landfill. When food waste breaks down in landfill it produces methane - a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.
Use the resources, recipes, and tips in our Food section to cut down on your food waste, save money and make delicious nutritious meals. Learn how to minimise your impact today by:
- reducing waste
- eating local, seasonal fruits and vegetables
- going organic
- supporting farmers' markets
- growing your own food
- eating less meat and dairy