Coffee tastes better when it’s free!

sustainability_squareThe first 500 staff and students to sign up to Griffith’s Sustainability Commitment during Sustainability Week 2015 will receive free coffee and a reusable cup.

Sustainability Week is being held from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2015. Activities have been organised across all of Griffith’s five campuses. There are free pedal powered smoothies, Australian native plant giveaways and documentaries showing on the big screen at the Gold Coast.

Check out the activities on your campus, and come along and celebrate sustainability at Griffith.

Information Services will certainly be celebrating! We have worked hard to adopt the principles of sustainability and incorporate them into our decision-making processes and operational activities.

Our commitment to sustainability has led to a decrease in our carbon footprint and staff and student printing costs. Have a look at the Information Services Annual Report 2014 (Sustainability, pp.35-36) to read about our sustainability achievements over the last four years.

And we are still going strong! So far this year, we saved 98.38 tonnes of CO2e by staff choosing videoconferencing over traveling to meetings. In monetary terms, this has saved the University $903,882 and 6,064 hours in staff time.

We also ceased sending out print-based packages to students this year, except for accessibility purposes. Whereas in 2010, we sent out 26,661 packages! This is a substantial saving in costs to the University and the environment.

Information Services supports The Sustainability Plan 2013‐2015 and the Griffith 2020 goal ‘To be a sustainable university’. Sustainability is defined as: “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland Report, 1987).

For more information on sustainability at Griffith, visit the Sustainability web site.

One Comment on “Coffee tastes better when it’s free!”

  1. taracomms says:

    Wonderful initiative, it is so great to work for a university that cares so strongly about the environment. Love the coffee and the free plants!

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