As a University of Adelaide group, the Adelaide Sustainability Association brings together student, staff, industry and government members who are passionate about the opportunity that sustainability presents to achieve synergised economic, environmental and social benefits. Since launching in 2016, the Association has over 950 members from across all disciplines and faculties. With a primary goal of contributing to the sustainability objectives of the campus, city and state, the Association strongly believes that accelerating low-carbon goals requires collaboration across technology, business, government and society. Carbon Neutral Adelaide provides an inspiring and world-leading context for young, proactive and passionate professionals to apply skills in new and innovative ways and the Association’s mission is to prepare students for careers contributing to these goals.
The Association works to deliver a range of events and programs at the University of Adelaide that enable members to collaborate on innovative ways to tackle carbon reduction. In 2016 and 2017 the Association co-facilitated and hosted the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Climathon, an entrepreneurship start-up challenge over 24 hours where teams pitch a business idea to reduce carbon emissions in the City of Adelaide. The success of these events has led a number of teams to further develop their ideas.
The Association also runs an annual Young Sustainability Leaders Program for 25 senior students at the University. This eight month program provides students with professional development opportunities and links them with industry and government through a mentoring program. Program graduates have the skills, knowledge and networks to be changemakers in this space and are eager to work towards Adelaide reaching its carbon neutral target. The Association also works with Ecoversity, the University’s Sustainability Office, to engage students in the opportunities for careers in sustainability and in behaviour change programs on campus such as energy, recycling, transport and water consumption.