DESPITE record low temperatures and snow, Charles Sturt residential students are showing just how tough they are and leading by example when it comes to sustainability and energy consumption.
They are turning down the heat, turning off lights and throwing on a few extra layers as they compete for the coveted title of "greenest campus" in the 2019 Energy Challenge.
Bathurst res students are doing their bit for the environment by conducting nightly light raids - turning off lights left on in empty rooms and buildings.
Orange res students are turning down the heat and reacquainting themselves with water bottles and extra blankets!
In previous years, residences have held candlelit dinners, crazy woollen jumper competitions, recycling challenges, clothes dryer bans, and water-saving challenges in a bid to be crowned their campus's Energy Challenge winner.
The university's 2019 Energy Challenge is a fun and effective way for students to engage in real energy saving activities.
You can see what the students are up to and the creative ways they are saving energy by tuning in to The Sustainability Series on Charles Sturt's Instagram TV (IGTV) channel and Facebook platforms.
Each episode follows the sustainability advisers who will take the viewers on a journey of the sustainability initiatives they are conducting at each campus and how they are inspiring and instilling better practice for their communities.
CSU Green is a Charles Sturt University program dedicated to driving forward the university's commitment to creating a sustainable future for all.
CSU Green partnership co-ordinator Michelle Wilkinson said the 2019 Energy Challenge is part of the university's wider mission to be more sustainable and educate people on sustainability.
"What's great about the challenge is not only do we see our residences reduce their energy use during the challenge, but our on-campus students learn how to integrate more energy efficient practices into their everyday lives," she said.
"Every year the challenge creates some friendly rivalry among the residences, but because this year the challenge is being broadcasted via our digital channels, it shouldn't be thought of as being exclusively for residences.
"There is no reason why people watching the series can't use the tips and tricks featured on the series at home and work.
"I encourage you all to tune in to the series because we can all do with a lower energy bill."
Charles Sturt University undertakes numerous 'green' and sustainability initiatives. In April this year, Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann launched the university's Sustainability Statement to publicly declare the university's commitment to 'green' and sustainable initiatives.
The first episode of the Sustainability Series was released on August 4 on Charles Sturt's IGTV and Facebook Watch channels.
The remaining three episodes will be released weekly until the conclusion of the Energy Challenge on Sunday, August 18.
Finally, on a different subject, don't forget applications for Charles Sturt Advantage (our new early entrance program that recognises critical skills that might not always be reflected in your academic results) close on August 31, 2019.