Our Aims

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:


  1. Facilitate the development of the University’s standing resolutions on policy on issues of environmental concern to students and the wider community;
  2. Develop, implement and encourage the use of environmental practices and policies by students and the University community;
  3. Provide information and encourage debate and discussion on environmental issues;
  4. Organise and promote participation in campaigns highlighting issues of environmental concern to students and the wider community; and
  5. Have fun!
USC Eco group members 2014
USC Eco group members 2014

What we do

Our current projects are focused around the themes of Climate Action, Biodiversity, and Responsible Waste Management.

Fossil Free USC

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.

Campus clean-up

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

Environmental education to prevent marine plastic pollution

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).