Having a Sustainable SWOTVAC

Maintaining your physical and mental health during busy and stressful periods of life is really important. This SWOTVAC, UQ Sustainability has worked alongside UQ Life, UQ Wellness, and Bicycle Queensland to bring you a range of events targeted towards promoting a sustainable study and exam period. With World Environment Day around the corner (June 5th), this SWOTVAC program features the emerging themes of…

  • Sustainability and environmental consciousness
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Stress management techniques
  • Mindfulness

We believe that whilst caring for the planet, we simultaneously nurture ourselves, supporting the synergetic relationship between the overall health of people and the environment.

Take a short break from your studies, stretch your legs, and join us online and in-person for a range of events! From a gentle walk around campus to learn about the different facilities, initiatives, sites, and other cool things dedicated to sustainability at UQ, to a mindfulness session, to a Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, to a Webinar, to online resources, we have you covered! Check out our schedule below!

View the full SWOTVAC program here.

Wellness Resources

On top of the exciting events throughout the week, we have also put together a range of resources that may be useful.

UQ Student Services have a range of self-help resources where you can learn strategies to help improve your mental health, personal relationships and physical health. Included in the many resources, is a page dedicated specifically to exam-anxiety.

There are a range of Aps that you can download that assist with managing stress and anxiety, such as ReachOut Breathe, Smiling Mind, and Headspace. Recharge - Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well is a personalised six-week program that helps improve your general health and wellbeing by focusing on four key areas:

  1. A regular wake and sleep time each day, achieved gradually over six weeks;
  2. An alarm clock that triggers fun activities designed to get you up and out of bed;
  3. Increasing your exposure to daylight early in the day, to help reset your body clock; and
  4. Encouraging you to increase physical activity, especially within two hours of waking up.

Our Green Ambassador Program Community also shared their ideas as to how we can show ourselves, and the planet, some love naturally. Read their DIY: Beautiful sustainable self-care’ article to learn more.

For more information and resources, visit UQ Student Services’ website.


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"One World" Protest Poster

World Environment Day

5 June 2021 12:00am11:30pm
Saturday June 5th is World Environment Day! This year’s theme is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’. World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Learn more here!
"World Environment Day Webinar Watch Party"

World Environment Day Webinar Watch Party with GAP

3 June 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Join us in the Steel Building as we tune in to this fascinating webinar hosted by Global Citizen on climate change and this year's theme, 'ecosystem restoration'. And... it wouldn't be a GAP watch party without munching on some FREE POPCORN!
Girl overlooking coastline Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash

Sustainability Walk & Mindfulness Session

3 June 2021 10:00am11:00am
Take a break from studying, stretch your legs and join UQ Sustainability and UQ Wellness for a Sustainability Walk & Mindfulness Session!
Sewing Machine

UQ Repair Café - Clothes Mending Event

3 June 2021 10:00am12:00pm
Toss your favorite old threads away? No way!
Bring them to UQ’s Repair Café and they will be repaired for free by our fixers.
Student cycling along Jacarandas

Bicycle QLD Active Travel Education and Workshop

1 June 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
To help UQ staff and students feel more comfortable and confident riding a bike, this free Zoom session will cover e-bikes, bike maintenance and commuting to boost health and wellbeing.
Woman sitting at desk with laptop, textbooks, journal and desk plant.

Sustainable Study Tips

31 May 2021 8:00am5 June 2021 11:00pm
We asked our very own Green Ambassador Program (GAP) Community how they cope during assessment time. Check out their best tips for environmentally friendly study!
Inside of Global Change Institute (Building 20)

Zen Zone Study Spot Photo Competition

24 May 2021 8:00am1 June 2021 3:00pm
Share your favourite study spot or ‘zen zone’ either on campus or wherever you are in the world and enter the draw to win some awesome prizes!