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Mechanical Engineering LED Lighting Retro-fit

The School of Mechanical Engineering has been working to make their workshop more energy efficieny. They have reduced electricity related to lighting in their workshop by 48% through an LED lighting retro-fit. LED lights use significantly less electricity than fluorescent lights, have a much longer life span and have improved lighting quality in the workshop. Click here to see a short video of their project.

If you are interested in starting your own green project on campus, visit our Green Project Fund site for more information.

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Green Project 2014 Funding Round – Now Open

Do you have a great idea for campus sustainability?

Simply fill out our Expression of Interest form here to apply for the 2014 funding round. 

The Green Project Fund is an annual $100,000 initiative by the Office of Sustainability to provide capital for projects that reduce the University’s environmental impact and advance the long-term sustainability of the campus and the campus community.

Any student, staff member or operational group (faculty/school/institute) of the University may apply for a maximum of $20,000 (inc. GST) per project. Associated groups such as alumni and community organisations are permitted and encouraged to collaborate with applicants and serve as members of project teams.

Projects are awarded funding based on evaluation criteria developed by the Office.

Expression of Interest Applications are due by COB Monday 5 May 2014.

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Get Involved at Glenthorne

Participate in activities aimed at enhancing the native habitat and protecting the heritage of the Glenthorne property.

Glenthorne is a 208ha property located at O’Halloran Hill, about 17km south of the Adelaide CBD. Owned and operated by the University of Adelaide, the property is currently used as a small-scale commercial and research farm.

Volunteers are vital to the preservation and improvement of the property. Activities include maintaining the re-vegetation site through weed removal, watering and tree planting.

If you are interested in joining the Glenthorne Volunteer Group, the next enjoyment day is this Sunday 16 February from 10am to 1pm. Volunteers should meet at the front gates of Glenthorne Farm (Majors rd – opposite O’Halloran Hill TAFE), bring gloves, appropriate clothing, hat and sunscreen and be ready to get their hands dirty!

For more information contact mathew.jeffrey@adelaide.edu.au.

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Tour de Work Adelaide 2014 – ride to win!










Tour de Work is a free competition where cyclists team up in workplaces across Adelaide to record their ride information and win a host of great prizes including cinema tickets and bike gear. Join the University of Adelaide team and log your rides through February to win.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry, you can hire a free one from Adelaide City Bikes or rent one for longer use from Bike SA.

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Ecoversity e-Recycling Event

Do you have unwanted electronic items? Recycle them!

e-Recycling is the responsible and ethical disposal and reuse of electronic equipment. Ecoversity is hosting a University wide e-Recycling event in November 2013.

Next e-Recycling Event: Monday 25, Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 of November 2013

Time: 9am – 4pm

Locations: Listed in the event information pack below

Download the e-Recycling event information pack here

This event is for University electrical equipment, not items from home.

For more information please visit the Ecoversity website here.

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Festival of CoCreation – Saturday 2 November

Festival of CoCreation – a melting pot with the best in Adelaide

Experiment: Create: Discover: Play

9.30am – 11pm

Saturday 2nd November 2013

Plant 1, Cnr Park Terrace & Fifth Streets, Bowden

A space for art, swap-meets, open discussion, workships, music, demos, food and skillshares.

More inforamtion here.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Hollywood meets Silicon Valley with Chris Adams

Majoran Distillery, supported by Ecoversity, presents a rare opportunity for a conversation with an internationally recognised media pioneer, technology and entertainment executive, Chris Adams.

Chris is global CEO of Spondo, a Melbourne-based company which allows anyone to profit from video. Spondo enables users to host video content on their own website or social network and share the profits from each view.

When: Friday November 1, 2013

Time: 3.30-5.30pm

Where: Level 5 (Mezzanine) Hub Central, North Terrace Campus

All University Staff and Students – Free

Secure your ticket here, this event will be popular so get in quick.

Chris has 20+ years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries, having worked with and for the likes of Amazon, Lycos, Vimation.com, Glam.com, HBO, Comcast Cable and Interactive, and many others.

Chris will share his insights from his own adventure which has taken him from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, including such topics as:

  • raising venture capital both here and in USA
  • how he was able to position himself to work with the likes Amazon and Facebook
  • the role of the internet/new media in tackling the big issues such as global warming and poverty

There will also be time to ask him your startup, tech, and media questions in this rare opportunity to get up and close and personal with someone of Chris’s calibre.

Chris has an impressive track record including:

  • Created and produced the ‘Facebook Diaries’, the first user-generated video/reality TV show distributed on facebook.com
  • Leading Amazon’s entertainment business development for four years
  • Founding Chief Vision Officer of Participant Media, the socially conscious film company established by eBay’s Jeff Skoll, that has won four Academy Awards, including 2 for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

For more about Chris, check out LinkedIn.

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Southern Expressway Community Open Day

The Glenthorne Volunteer Group invite you to…

The Southern Expressway Community Open Day

Information below or download pdf invite here

You are invited to the Southern Expressway Duplication Open Day.

When: Sunday 27 October 2013, 11 am to 3 pm

Drop in anytime to the site office, 3 Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill.

FREE sausage sizzle, site tours, face painters and more on Sunday!

Please note that if you wish to participate in the community planting activity you will need to have enclosed footwear and bring your own hat and sun cream.

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Highly Commended at Green Gown Awards 2013

The University of Adelaide won a Highly Commended Award in the Student Initiatives Category for “Waste Watchers – Bin Monsters Come Alive” at last week’s Green Gown Awards Australasia 2013.

“The winners of the 2013 Green Gown Awards Australasia, presented by Ecosave, were announced at a fabulous dinner and award ceremony at the Scenic WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, Sydney on 26 September 2013.The evening was an extremely positive celebration for institutions undertaking sustainability and showcasing their achievements and was opened with an address from Robin Archibald, CEO, Ecosave.  In their fourth year, the Awards recognise sustainability excellence and this year drew winners in nine categories, with over 40 institutions involved, representing over 20% of the sector. Judged by a panel of independent experts representing 26 sector organisations, the judges were delighted with the high calibre and diverse selection of entries.” – exert from Green Gown Awards Australasia Press Release, 27/9/13

The Waste Watchers – Bin Monsters Come Alive program was a campaign designed to teach correct recycling behaviours to students in response to high contamination rates in cafeteria recycling bins in Hub Central. Personalities were developed for landfill and recycling waste streams (bin monsters Larry Landfill and Rosie Recycling) and working with retailers, the program utilised story telling, social media, signage and incentives to instruct, reward and reset recycling behaviours. By the end of the program, recycling rates had doubled, saving about 21 tonnes of CO2 per year. Learn more about the Waste Watchers program here.



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Ride to Work Day 2013 – Wednesday 16 October

Free Breakfast for all cyclists on the Goodman Lawns from 8am – be early!


Kicking off at 8am, Ecoversity is hosting a Free Breakfast Event on the Goodman Lawns. Join us for free raffle prizes, pedal power smoothies, cycling information, and of course the Slow Bike Race!

Between 10am – 1pm, SAPOL will providing a Free Bike Engraving Service as part of this event. Get your bike engraved to help track it down if it gets stolen.


When: Wednesday 16 October 2013

Time: 8am for Breakfast, 10am – 1pm for SAPOL’s Free Bike Engraving Service

Where: Goodman Lawns, North Terrace Campus


REGISTER HERE to be a part of the University of Adelaide team.

Please email ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au if you have any queries.

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