Deakin promises to ‘strengthen our communities, enable our partners and enhance our enterprise’ and is committed to progressing a sustainable and competitive enterprise by embedding sustainability in to all university activities.
Deakin strives to provide a vibrant campus life by conserving and continually improving existing biodiversity values that make each campus experience unique. We will enhance native vegetation in accordance with the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, while creating a delightful environment for teaching, learning and recreation.
In line with Deakin's promise to 'empower learners for the jobs and skills of the future', sustainability is a core commitment of the curricula. We are continually improving in this area and recognise there is work to be done to truly embed sustainability across all disciplines.
Under the graduate attribute 'Global Citizenship" education for sustainability (EfS) is considered and a number of activities have occurred.
Deakin University is required to annually report energy and greenhouse gas emissions under the National Greenhouse Gas and Energy Act 2007. In the 2012-2013 reporting period Deakin emitted just under 59,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions. This equates to 1414 kilowatts per EFSL & FTE.
The university's goal is to reduce the amount of energy consumed and emissions caused from daily operations including electricity, gas, vehicles and facilities to minimise our impact on climate change under the Climate Change Act 2010.
The Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) green star rating system has been developed in accordance with all planning and building requirements and the Planning and Environment Act 1987 that Deakin is to comply with.
To meet legislative requirements and offer a sustainable built environment Deakin will strive to be a 'Green Star Education' enterprise. We are committed to designing all new and refurbishment works aligned to the GBCAs rating system at the 5 star level or an equivalent standard.
This commitment ensures ecological sustainable design (ESD) principals are considered at all stages of any development works and can be implemented where practicable.
Deakin offers a comprehensive sustainable transport model to staff and students that contributes positively to the reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions produced as a bi-product of the university's operations. This includes university fleet vehicles, transfers between campuses, getting to and from campus and air travel.
Deakin aims to reduce unnecessary work-study related travel and to increase alternative and sustainable modes of transport for work-study related purposes.
Deakin aims to continuously improve our waste management practices by following the waste management hierarchy of control as legislated under the Environmental Protection Act 1970. Where possible we will avoid waste in the first instance followed by reduce, reuse, and recycle through to the least preferred option – disposal to landfill.
The Water Act 1989 and the Water Industry Act 1994 outline Deakin's responsibilities to ensure water resources (surface water, groundwater and waterways) are managed in an efficient and sustainable way.
To achieve this Deakin aims to reduce potable water consumption by continually measuring, monitoring and managing water use to identify areas of improvement. We also aim to achieve best practice stormwater management for the prevention of pollution in our waterways such as Gardiners Creek Burwood, Waurn Ponds Creek and the Hopkins River in Warrnambool.