A New Sustainability Strategy
Our Sustainability Strategy, Here for good, builds upon the University's Strategic Plan to enable the institution to respond well to the accelerating environmental, social, economic and technological change across the globe.
The 17 United Nations SDGs were developed in 2015 as a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity and improve sustainability performance globally, while protecting the planet. Universities have a unique and critical role in helping the world achieve the SDGs through their research, teaching, operations and community leadership.
Sustainability Strategy development
Progress to date in the development of the Strategy includes:
- Mission, Values and Vision Workshop with invited staff (Q4 2021)
- Sustainability Student Leaders Workshop (Q4 2021)
- Climate Action and Sustainability Survey distributed to all staff, students and alumni (Q4 2021)
- Campus Decarbonisation Workshop hosted by KPMG with invited staff (Q4 2021)
- Development of a Public Sustainability Statement formalising the University's intention (Q1 2022)
- Endorsement of the Sustainability Strategy Framework by the Vice Chancellors Executive Committee (Q2 2022)
- Targeted survey to senior managers designed to capture the University's current sustainability activity, and identify challenge areas
- Release of the Draft Sustainability Strategy (September 2022)
Next steps will include:
- In-person feedback sessions on the Draft Strategy with staff and students
- Online feedback opportunities on the Draft Strategy for the University and wider community
Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee
The Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee meet monthly to provide advice and recommendations that help with the identification and prioritisation of future sustainability strategies, projects and initiatives.
Steering committee members
- Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray, Geography, Environment & Population (Arts), Academic Expert Climate adaptation of communities and Committee Chair
- Dr Cris Birzer, Mechanical Engineering
- Professor Sarah Wheeler, Economics
- Professor Ashok Khurana, Adjunct, Stretton Institute, Climate Change & Energy Transition
- Professor Seth Westra, Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering (ECMS)
- Mrs Keryn Lapidge, Corporate Communications Officer
- Professor Holger Maier, Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering
- Vikram Kenjle, Engineering Strategy & Energy Manager, Infrastructure
- Libby Hogarth, Sustainable Development Planner, Infrastructure
Regular guests and collaborators include Directors of the Environment Institute and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy & Resources.
The following definitions are being applied in the development of all aspects of the Sustainability Strategy.
Sustainability: To live, work and develop in ways that respect and fairly balance the needs of our ecosystems and intergenerational communities.
Net Zero: The University’s scope 1 and 2 emissions are balanced via removal of equal greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. This includes natural gas, refrigerants, transport and stationary fuels and purchased electricity.
Carbon Neutral: The University’s scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions are balanced via removal of equal greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. This includes natural gas, refrigerants, transport and stationary fuels, purchased electricity, waste to landfill, water, business flights and accommodation, staff commute, transmission and distribution losses, cylindrical gases, IT equipment, cleaning services, food and catering services, taxi and ride share services, postage, couriers and freight, construction and livestock emissions.