UTS Sustainability Efforts
In 2019, UTS celebrated the opening of their newest campus building UTS Central. The public food court in the building was designed to phase out single-use plastics in response to staff and students’ environmental concerns.
Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own reusable cups, containers, and cutlery. All takeaway food packaging is commercially compostable (a mix of cardboard, paper, bamboo, and PLA), and all drink containers are recyclable glass, aluminium, and paper board.
UTS estimates that they will be converting around 19 tonnes of food waste into usable compost by diverting food scraps and packaging to be commercially composted rather than added to landfill in the first year of operation.
UTS has a commitment, responsibility, and capacity to act and be an actor of change. UTS is educating the next generation of leaders and is responsible for ensuring graduates are equipped with good knowledge and understanding of responsible and sustainable business practices.
CIVIQ and Elkay Support University Projects
As designers and manufacturers of drinking water stations, both CIVIQ and Elkay believe that eliminating single-use plastic waste is key to creating a more sustainable environment for the communities we serve. Both companies decided to run a contest to learn more about the efforts that universities across Australia are taking to make their campuses plastic-free. With an overwhelming response of inspiring projects, CIVIQ and Elkay selected the projects to support awarding them with two Elkay EZH2O units.
Elkay Drinking Water Stations at UTS
CIVIQ and Elkay chose to support UTS in their efforts to eliminate single-use plastic waste from their campus by providing them with two Elkay EZH2O units. The drinking water stations were installed at their campus, one of them is located near the bike cage. According to Seb Crawford, Sustainability Engagement Manager at UTS;
“This location is adjacent to the main and largest bike hub on campus, with change rooms, showers and lockers. The new water station will provide a hydration stop for cyclists as well as staff and students who exercise during the day and use the adjacent showers and locker room.”
The Elkay EZH2O features a hands-free bottle filling point and a drinking fountain, which means that staff and students can do away with plastic bottles and either refill their drink bottles or rehydrate directly from the fountain. Packed with hygienic features and benefits, the Elkay EZH2O is the perfect sustainability partner for any university campus across Australia.