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What is sustainability?

Sustainability (also known as sustainable development) was defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) as: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

In line with its mission and values, Bond University is committed to sustainability, from teaching and learning to research, campus operations, community engagement, and a sustainable approach to the management of finances and assets. Bond University is also the 14th university and the first private university in the Pacific region to be accepted as a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The UNSDGs are based on a global agreement intended to set the world on a path towards a better future by 2030.  

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Bond University has established policies and practices of natural resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention throughout its operations. Bond’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evidenced through:

To fulfil its commitment to sustainability, all waste produced by Bond University is managed in accordance with the Waste Management Hierarchy. The Waste Management Hierarchy lists waste management practices in the preferred order of adoption:

  • Waste avoidance
  • Waste re-use
  • Waste recycling
  • Energy recovery from waste
  • Waste disposal

Bond University has several recycling stations located at the following locations:

  • Main Library
  • Lakeside
  • Student Court
  • Bond University College
  • Outside the Basil Sellers Theatre
  • HSM Foyer
  • Food Service Areas

These bins include a facility for commingled recycling and general waste. A variety of products can be placed in these bins for recycling, and these include:

  • Plastic containers with codes 1 - 6 (look on the bottom of the container for a number)
  • Cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper food container; and
  • Aluminium cans.

Products that should not be placed in these bins:

  • Polystyrene cups
  • Food
  • Packaging containing food
  • Cling wrap and
  • Any cups, cans or bottles containing liquid

Bond University also recycles multiple waste streams with collection points located in service areas on campus. These waste streams include:

  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Green waste
  • Timber waste
  • Metal
  • Fluorescent tube
  • Printer cartridges
  • Batteries
  • Acrylic and HDPE Plastics
  • Medical waste

Bond is currently investigating the viability of an organic waste digester to divert organic waste from landfill.

Our goal is to increase recycling rates and decrease contamination. Contaminated recycling will end up in the landfill. What a waste!

Bond University is a conscientious water user and has been reducing water use since 2004.  Bond has installed water efficient devices and other permanent water conservation measures throughout the campus.

Since the implementation of water savings measures the University has reduced its water consumption from 141,571 kilolitres in 2004 to 76,183 kilolitres in 2018 achieving a 48.4% reduction in consumption over 14 years. This has been achieved during a period of significant university expansion with the addition of several new buildings, building extensions and sports field upgrades.  

The University has been able to achieve best practice and savings by introducing the

following water efficiency actions: -

  • Engaged independent consultants who work in conjunction with the university to adopt a water management plan.
  • Conducted an independent audit of all water consuming fixtures, taps, showers, urinals, trigger sprays and hoses, clothes washers and dishwashers.
  • Investigated site wide remote water monitoring system
  • Installed water saving devices and fixtures where needed.
  • Pressure reduction devices on mains water feed entering Bond University
  • Upgraded dishwashers to water efficient dishwashers.
  • Sub-meters installed at strategic locations, swimming pool and cooling towers to monitor consumption.
  • Underground Rainwater tanks are located for non-potable uses at building 3B, 4A, 4B, 13, 15 and Bond Institute of Health and Sport
  • Use of rainwater, which is stored under the fountain for the central water feature
  • Upgraded cooling tower systems.

The University has the potential to further reduce water consumption which will require the cooperation of all staff and students. No water conservation effort will be successful unless staff and students are committed to the cause.

Visit the Saving Water in your Workplace website from Business Queensland for hints and tips on how you can save water at work.

The effort made to reduce the consumption of energy by using energy more efficiently, or less energy is a priority to Bond’s Staff and students. Bond University’s Sustainable Development building seeks to embody world’s best sustainable processes, becoming an example for the future and a working laboratory for the eco leaders of tomorrow.)

Bond University conducted a level 2 energy Audit in 2012 as part of the Smart Energy Savings Program under the Clean Energy Act 2008. Through this process a list of strategic Energy Savings Measures was developed, implemented and published. Through the implementation and continuation of the Energy Savings Measures, we have reduced annual energy consumption on our main electrical meter from 18 GWh in 2011 to 14.9 GWh in 2018 achieving a 17.2% reduction in Energy consumption.

The annual carbon emission associated with the energy consumption from the main electrical meter fell from 16,600 tonnes of CO2e in 2011 to 13,800 tonnes of CO2e in 2018. Due to the implementation of energy savings measures in 2012 through to year end 2018 we have successfully diverted over 15,000 tonnes CO2e from entering the atmosphere.

Staff and students can also conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions by carpooling, catching a train and bus to work or walking.

Bus timetable: Bond University staff and students will be able to access the electric public bus network in the near future.

View the Train timetable 

The Centre for Comparative Construction Research (CCCR) is focused on creating new insight into the performance of the built environment, and in particular contributing to SDG11, through an interdisciplinary evidence-based process of:

  1. translating sustainable design into superior urban infrastructure,
  2. transforming intelligent assembly into safer and more productive construction practices, and
  3. transcending benefits realisation into successful economic, social, political and environmental outcomes.