The USC Environment Collective (USC Eco) is a student club, affiliated with USC Student Guild. The club was founded in 2006 by a group of passionate environmental science and sustainability students at USC. The club’s activities and projects are guided by our aims:
- Facilitate the development of the University’s standing resolutions on policy on issues of environmental concern to students and the wider community;
- Develop, implement and encourage the use of environmental practices and policies by students and the University community;
- Provide information and encourage debate and discussion on environmental issues;
- Organise and promote participation in campaigns highlighting issues of environmental concern to students and the wider community; and
- Have fun!
What we do
We are working with Fossil Free Unis Australia and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council to drive a Fossil Free campaign to encourage USC to make a public commitment that they won’t invest in fossil fuels and divest from any current fossil fuel investment.
Cleaning up the beach is one of the most practical ways to save our marine life from plastics and other non-degradable waste. It feels good and it’s super effective. But did you know that 80% of marine debris is from land-based sources? That’s right, it all has to come from somewhere and most rubbish finds … Continue reading Campus clean-up
Beaches from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast have 11.6 items of plastic rubbish per square metre, on average, contributing to almost 14 thousand tons of rubbish entering the ocean from Australia’s coastline on an annual basis (CSIRO 2016).
Here’s a snapshot of what some of our members achieved in 2014-15:
- Presented at the Woodford Folk Festival as panellists with The Climate Conversation
- Helped Sunshine Coast residents divest from fossil fuels on the National Day of Divestment
- Hosted documentary screenings on campus such as Hungry for Change and Chasing Ice
- Campaigned for the phasing out of bottled water on campus
- Walked from Sunshine Beach to Kings Beach for SCEC’s Relay for Climate Change
- Collected signatures for the Monster Climate Change petition and Save the Reef campaign
- Promoted stronger action on climate change in the lead up to the G20 meeting in Brisbane