Postgrad picks up pedal-powered prize (eNews CDU)
By Andrew Hall
Computer science PhD candidate Kai Wang is the owner of a new bicycle and accessories package thanks to the university’s Enviro Collective.
Kai won the $1000 prize pack after completing the Enviro Collective Student Cycling Survey, aimed at identifying improvements for cycling facilities and ways that CDU can make it easier for students to cycle to campus.
The Enviro Collective is a student and staff initiative to improve sustainability on Casuarina campus and raise awareness of environmental issues in the Northern Territory and beyond.
Group spokesperson Bryan Baker said Enviro Collective’s “Commuting to Campus” goal was to promote health and environmental benefits by providing incentives to cycle to campus and to orient students to existing cycling facilities.
The program included two free bicycle maintenance workshops at Casuarina.
“These workshops provided a mechanic service on campus for students where they could have minor repairs carried out, and encouraged potential cyclists to get back on their bikes,” Bryan said.
Using a Student Services and Amenities Fund grant, Enviro Collective has developed a cyclists’ map of Casuarina campus, and will combine the student survey data with an earlier staff survey to advocate better facilities for all.
The group also is engaged in initiatives related to recycling and waste management, energy efficiency and biodiversity.