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Arts most sustainable

Page last published: 18 Oct 2011

Winning Faculty - Arts The Faculty of Arts has scored first place in the annual Macquarie University Department Sustainability Challenge.

As part of the University’s commitment to protecting environmental and social systems, 39 departments have been competing over the last three months for the title of “Most Sustainable Department” or “Most Sustainable Faculty.”

Showing how the University continues to greatly improve its processes and become more sustainable, the Departments scored a total of 1404 stars for their efforts this year  -  almost double what was achieved in 2010!

Some initiatives implemented this year included  the  SALT Initiative, where student volunteers and food outlets to donated left-over food items to the Salvation Army, who then provided meals to disadvantage groups living in the Ryde community.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Office has become almost paperless, storing their documentation electronically.  Also Property Staff placed chocolates on the desks of colleagues who turn off their computers overnight to recognise their efforts to conserve energy.
This year’s 2011 Sustainability Challenge Award winners are:

From the Faculties:

  • Most Improved – Linguistics
  • Winning Department (Faculty of Arts) – Administration Office
  • Winning Department (Faculty of Human Science) – Administration Office
  • Winning Department (Faculty of Science) Risk Frontiers
  • Winning Faculty - Arts


From Professional offices:

  • Most Improved – The Vice-Chancellor’s Office
  • Highly Commended – Property
  • Highly Commended – Centre for Open Education
  • Winning Office – Human Resources


From Campus Experience:

  • Highly Commended – Sport
  • Winning Office – Retail