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Happy new year!

Whatever you got up to over summer, we hope you enjoyed it! We may have kept it quiet for a few months, but we definitely kept busy! We're now back online for a bigger and better year, with plenty of great initiatives and many ways for our members to get involved. We're super excited and can't wait to see you at our next event :)

- Rach, Ry, Julie & Shriyanka


Stay up to date with all of USC Eco's events on our website

Member tees screenprinting day

We've got our new t-shirt logo, and it looks awesome! We're now ready to print the logo onto recycled shirts and invite members to join us on Sat 11 Feb to make your own. We've already purchased a number of shirts in all shades of green but you're welcome to bring your own if you prefer (please keep it green if you do). Contact us for details if you're planning to come. 

O'week fun

With a whole lot of new students to welcome to USC, we're definitely planning a few cool things for Market Day on Tues 21 Feb. We'll be running a stall in the student clubs area all day selling up-cycled and reusable merch, recruiting new members and spreading the word about our current projects. We'll also be running free workshops to turn old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. Check our website for more details and register your interest to help us on the day :)

Fauna awareness flyer deliveries

A big thank you to those 9 members who have volunteered to help cut and deliver our fauna awareness flyers. Meet us at the Student Guild at 10AM on Wed 22 Feb to cut them and to schedule a few delivery sessions from Fri 24 to Tues 28 Feb. With your help, people around the area will be equipped with essential information about how to rescue injured wildlife, the types of animals most likely to be injured in our area, locations of rescue centres and key contacts. If you want to help but haven't registered yet, it's not too late! You can RSVP via email or Facebook, indicating your preferred delivery area.

🌿  Members on the Grass 🌿 

While we'll still have two general meetings each semester for all the formal stuff, we're also introducing a weekly catch-up for members this year. We'll be lunching on the lawn area outside of Building K at 11am on Wednesdays in odd weeks and Mondays in even weeks (teaching weeks only) and we'd love for you to join us! Whether you want to take an active role in planning and organising activities and events, or you just want to come and say hello every now and then, we hope to see you there :) 

Project updates

Fossil Free USC

It's been on the cards for a while now and we're finally ready to get it started! Working with Fossil Free Unis Australia and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, we'll be driving a Fossil Free campaign this year to encourage USC to divest from fossil fuels. Check out our brand new Fossil Free USC website and get involved! 

Carpooling petition

While there will definitely be excitement in the air as new students commence their USC journey in just a few weeks, a touch of frustration may also be felt around the carpark during peak hours... With only 2,500 car parking spaces available at USC Sippy Downs but 8,000 students and staff getting to campus by single occupancy car every day, it is to be expected! Make sure you sign our online petition to show your support if you agree that sharing a ride to USC is an easy step to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion around campus.

Volunteer opportunities

Whale research in Tonga

Last year Dr Vikki Schaffer took undergraduate students to Tonga to investigate the impacts of the swim with whales program on sustainability. This year Vikki is seeking USC Eco members' help to expand this research. Contact Vikki for more information or read more about last year's student experiences.

Clean up for the hatchlings

There are about 500 nesting Loggerhead females off the coast of Queensland, and the first hatchlings of the season have started making their way to the ocean :) TurtleCare Sunshine Coast are organising beach clean-ups this year again, at various locations from Shelley Beach to Marcoola. Join us at Mooloolaba on Saturday 11 February if you want to take part and catch up over coffee afterwards. Let us know via email or Facebook if you're coming :)
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USC Eco Committee

President: Rachele Wilson
Vice-President: Ryan Newis 
Treasurer: Julie Reeves
Secretary: Shriyanka Harrison

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