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ECU - a sustainable university

Friday, 10 August 2012


I congratulate the ECU community in reducing both energy and water consumption across our three campuses.

In 2011 our energy consumption was just 5.1GJ per student, making  ECU the most energy efficient university in Western Australia. By comparison, the WA university average was 8.88GJ per student.

The reductions are due to the University introducing a range of actions, including:

  • motion sensor lights in offices;
  • encouraging staff to turn off computers overnight;
  • using air conditioning only when needed; and
  • procuring energy efficient IT.

We are also the most water efficient university in the State, an achievement recognised by the Water Corporation in 2011. The Corporation presented ECU with a silver certificate as part of their Water Efficiency Management Plan recognition program for reducing water consumption by 25 per cent.

In 2011 ECU used 14kL of water per student, compared to the WA university average of 32.63 kL per student.

Savings in water usage have been made through:

  • using waterless urinals;
  • reducing the flow rate of taps; and
  • checking for, and repairing, leaks.

An important part of reducing consumption is having the data available to identify areas for improvement.

The University has recently introduced real time water, energy and waste monitoring across our three campuses. The information can be viewed at the Live Environmental Data webpage.  

I encourage you to continue your efforts in reducing energy and water usage. Let’s see if we can make ECU an even more efficient university in 2012.

Professor Kerry O. Cox *

* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.

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