UQ Sustainability Week 2022

Sustainability Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and promote sustainability across UQ's campuses and sites. From August 15-19, a range of activities and events are hosted across all areas of the University, including markets, workshops, crafts and DIY, film screenings, specialist presentations, tree plantings, bird watching and garden tours, solar tours, forums and panel discussions, competitions and challenges to inspire sustainable behaviours.

Join us for the fun, check out the full program! Stay up to date by liking UQ Sustainability on Facebook or following us on Instagram

Contacts

Cassidy Mogg
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Ventures Industry Challenge in collaboration with OzHarvest

13 July 2022 9:00am18 August 2022 2:00pm
UQ students across all disciplines are encouraged to join our Ventures Industry Challenge.
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Meat-free Monday

15 August 2022 8:00am6:00pm
Kick off Sustainability Week by enjoying a meat-free day.
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DIY Citizen Science: Eco-systems

15 August 2022 8:00am8:00pm
Discover, map and photograph plants you see with iNaturalist's Flora of South East Queensland Project.
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UQ Transport and Population Survey 2022

15 August 2022 9:00am21 August 2022 5:00pm
Take the survey to help inform future transport and campus planning as well as quantify greenhouse gas emissions.
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Snap an SDG photo competition (Green Labs and Green Office)

15 August 2022 9:00am5 September 2022 5:00pm
We all know about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but how do they apply to us as individuals? Snap a photo of one or more of the SDGs in your day-today life and win a block of fair trade chocolate!
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Oceanic Thinking Art Exhibition

15 August 2022 10:00am19 August 2022 4:00pm
Oceanic Thinking is the inaugural exhibition of the multi-year project Blue Assembly. In collaboration with campus partners including UQ’s Centre for Marine Science, the project coincides with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Meat-Free Monday Markets

15 August 2022 10:00am2:00pm
Enjoy a mini market of delicious meat-free food trucks to celebrate Meat Free Monday and kick off Sustainability Week. Yum!!
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"Sounds Like Sustainability" Activation

15 August 2022 10:00am2:00pm
What actually is 'sustainability'? And what sounds like sustainability but isn’t? Drop by the "sound cloud" on the Grassy Knoll in Campbell Place to find out!
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Sustainable Cooking and Food Waste Workshop

15 August 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Are you looking to up your cooking skills? To get inspiration for simple, budget-friendly recipes? Or to learn how to avoid food waste and cook & eat more sustainably? Then this event is for you!
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Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk with UQ Sustainability

15 August 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Join UQ Sustainability for a walk around to UQ St Lucia's Sustainability highlights, and get an insider rundown of sustainability at UQ!
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Transitioning to a sustainable world - a financial and economic perspective (Online)

15 August 2022 3:00pm4:00pm
Are you interested in the relationship between sustainability and economics? This event is for you!
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DIY Activity: Backyard Buddies

15 August 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Create a healthy ecosystem and attract native wildlife to your garden with these handy tips.
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DIY Citizen Science: Reef & Ocean

16 August 2022 8:00am8:00pm
Keep your eyes on the reef and help protect our oceans.
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Trash-free Tuesday

16 August 2022 8:00am6:00pm
Cut down on today’s waste and keep all of the single-use plastic generated in a small container or jar.
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"Founders Talk" with Uuvipak

16 August 2022 10:00am11:00am
Have you ever tried a compostable and EDIBLE coffee cup? Learn more about 'Uuvipak' from Andy and Shafali in this exciting "Founders Talk".
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Recycling Game

16 August 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Come and try our new prize wheel, which displays common items of waste on campus. Spin the wheel and tell us which bin you think the item belongs in to win a prize!
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UQ Rainforest Tour

16 August 2022 11:00am12:00pm
Did you know UQ has a Rainforest on its St Lucia campus? Join Shane Biddle from the Grounds team for a tour of the rainforest, exploring the stunning biodiversity.
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Recycle Right Workshop (Online)

16 August 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Come along to this online workshop and learn all the do's and don'ts of being an expert 'recycler'!
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Sustainability Walk Tour

16 August 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Join our Sustainability Walk Tour to learn about the native plants and animals and various sustainability highlights on our St Lucia campus!
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Plogging with SRC, GEMS, and GAP!

16 August 2022 4:00pm6:00pm
Do you love the environment and staying fit? Then we have the event for you!

DIY Activity: Use It Up™ - Save food, save money, save the planet!

16 August 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Reducing food waste at home is the most impactful thing we can do to care for our planet. Luckily our friends at OzHarvest have our backs! Learn more about their Use It Up™ Campaign today!
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DIY Citizen Science: Native Mammals

17 August 2022 8:00am8:00pm
Ever wondered what you can do to save the koala?  This is is it!
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Sustainable Living Wednesday

17 August 2022 8:00am6:00pm
Looking for ways to embrace sustainable living? It can be easy to embrace a lifestyle considerate of natural resources and retain the conveniences of modern living.
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Sustainable Living Fair

17 August 2022 9:00am2:00pm
Come on down to the Grassy Knoll and enjoy some sustainable living activities hosted by some of our amazing Clubs & Societies!
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Rooftop Solar Tour (AEB)

17 August 2022 10:00am10:30am
Learn about UQ's solar array up close with a tour of the Advanced Engineering Building's rooftop solar facilities.
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Beeswax Wrap Workshop (Gatton)

17 August 2022 10:00am2:00pm
Learn more to make your own beeswax wraps - a sustainable alternative to cling wrap and single use plastics.
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UQ Repair Café

17 August 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Toss it away? Not today! Bring your overly loved items to UQ’s Repair Café and they will be fixed for free by our apprentice fixers.
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Beeswax Wrap Workshop (Herston)

17 August 2022 11:30am1:00pm
Learn more to make your own beeswax wraps - a sustainable alternative to cling wrap and single use plastics.

Sustainable Living Presentation - Green Thinking

17 August 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Join us for this fascinating presentation about the importance of green thinking as a means of encouraging sustainable behaviours.
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Plant Pot Painting with GEMS & TH&E

17 August 2022 1:00pm3:00pm
Join GEMS and TH&E in the Great Court any time between 1-3pm and let your creative talents shine as you paint a new pot for your future plant baby!
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DIY Activity: Sustainable Self-care

17 August 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Check out GAP's best tips for showing ourselves, and the planet, some love naturally!
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CoralWatch, Citizen Science and Sustainability - What can I do? (Online & In-person)

17 August 2022 5:30pm7:30pm
Join online or in person for an exciting evening learning about CoralWatch and the Great Barrier Reef!
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DIY Citizen Science: Aussie Backyard Bird Count

18 August 2022 8:00am8:00pm
Calling all 'birders'... send photos and info about birds near you to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count!
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Green Transport Thursday

18 August 2022 8:00am6:00pm
Grab your walking shoes, bike, GoCard or micro-mobility device and congratulate yourself for using green transport today. If this isn't practical, try to swap part of your journey for green transport, carshare with a friend, or travel in an electric vehicle.
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Gatton Solar Farm Presentation (Online)

18 August 2022 10:00am11:00am
Join experts from the UQ Sustainability Office for insightful presentation on one of UQ's bigger projects!
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UQ Transport and Population Survey Stall in Campbell Place

18 August 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Swing by our stall in Campbell Place to complete the UQ Transport and Population Survey 2022 and receive a freebie for participating!
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Propagation Demonstration at Gatton Living Classroom

18 August 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Join us down at the UQ Gatton Living Classroom to learn first hand how to propagate your plants.
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UQ Rainforest Tour

18 August 2022 11:00am12:00pm
Did you know UQ has a Rainforest on its St Lucia campus? Join Shane Biddle from the Grounds team for a tour of the rainforest, exploring the stunning biodiversity.

Ready, Set, Scoot | e-Scooter Training Workshops

18 August 2022 12:00pm2:00pm
Join our 'Ready, Set, Scoot!' workshop and learn about e-mobility!
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Sustainability Walk Tour

18 August 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Join our Sustainability Walk Tour to learn about the native plants and animals and various sustainability highlights on our St Lucia campus!
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Get to know the UQ Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025 (Online)

18 August 2022 3:00pm4:00pm
Are you familiar with the The UQ Sustainability Strategy 2021–2025. Join Suzanne from the UQ Sustainability team to learn about the direction for UQ's sustainability efforts for over this 5 year period.
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DIY Activity: Calculate your Carbon Footprint

18 August 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Calculate your carbon footprint in 5 minutes and find out ways to reduce your carbon footprint based on your current lifestyle.
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Fresh Food Friday

19 August 2022 8:00am6:00pm
Fresh food grown the way nature intended, is good for you and the environment.
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DIY Citizen Science: Native Bees

19 August 2022 9:00am5:00pm
Join UQ's citizen science project and help observe stingless bees and collect data on how these bee colonies reproduce.
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Rooftop Solar Tour (AEB)

19 August 2022 10:00am10:30am
Learn about UQ's solar array up close with a tour of the Advanced Engineering Building's rooftop solar facilities.
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Square Foot Gardening Method Demonstration - St Lucia Community Garden

19 August 2022 11:00am12:00pm
Join us down at the UQ St Lucia Community Garden to learn how to make your garden thrive in a limited space using the 'square foot gardening' method.
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Mindfulness Session

19 August 2022 1:00pm1:45pm
De-stress by connecting with nature’s time and rhythms with UQ Wellness.
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Caring for Country with Future Dreaming (Online)

19 August 2022 2:30pm3:30pm
Join UQ Sustainability, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), and Future Dreaming Australia for this fascinating webinar!
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How did you get your job? SUN Networking event (Online)

2 September 2022 7:00pm8:00pm
Join this networking event to hear from people who are working in the sustainability field learn their top-tips on how to get into the field.
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Ventures Industry Challenge - Information Session

11 August 2022 10:30am12:00pm
Use your entrepreneurial skills to achieve Australia’s national target of halving food waste by 2030 with UQ Ventures!