Sustainable living is the practice of reducing our demand on natural resources by making sure that we replace what we use to the best of our ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how we do things.

Since last year, we have changed how we do things. We are working and studying from home, travelling less, eating it, and doing more within our immediate suburbs.

Individually, this means that our carbon footprint has been reduced. But these are interesting times for sustainable living practices and, like almost everything related to the current corona virus, how things will play out in the long-term remains uncertain. On a local scale, the sustainability impact of a pandemic is complex—likely to hinge on a variety of changes in the way people carry out their daily lives: from how often we leave our homes to how we travel around our cities to how we do our shopping.

But just because we have no control of some aspects of our life, it doesn’t mean that we have to give up on sustainable living altogether.

We can make meaningful changes to in the following areas of our lives:

  • Travel & transport
  • Energy use
  • Single-use plastics 
  • Online shopping
  • Food waste

Learn more about Sustainable Living here

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    About UQ Sustainability Week 2021

    Sustainability Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and promote sustainability across UQ's campuses and sites. From August 16-20, 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

    Important update: Based on the recent Covid restrictions, this year's Sustainability Week will be entirely online. Those events that cannot be transitioned to an online format will be postponed. Keep an eye on our social media channels, and our website for updates! (last updated Wednesday 25 August).