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Environmental sustainability

Environmental Sustainability at Deakin

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Deakin University is committed to reducing its environmental impacts. The Environmental Sustainability Enabling Policy and Environmental Sustainability Strategy (834 KB) outlines how Deakin is integrating environmental sustainability principles into all operations, strategies, plans, policies, activities and curriculum.

The Environment Sustainability Strategy is the key planning document for implementing environmental sustainability at Deakin University. Download the strategy summary (250 KB) document.


The Strategy includes a vision and five goals.

The University’s vision is

‘A community working in harmony with minimal footprint, and fostering innovation, learning and accountability for a sustainable future’

The five goals are:

  1. To be an environmentally aware University, working in partnership with the University Community as global environmentally responsible citizens
  2. To demonstrate optimal efficiency and minimal impact with respect to the University's ecological footprint
  3. To embrace technology and research through connectivity, innovation, and communication
  4. To optimistically embrace change for the future
  5. To be a place of wellbeing and fulfilment, with a high quality of life

Priority Actions

As part of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, the Planning Resources Committee (PRC) endorsed four key actions:

  1. Develop an Environmental Sustainable Design Policy and amend the University Design Standards for Facilities, to ensure new buildings are designed, constructed and maintained according to the 5 Star (Green Star or equivalent) standards.
  2. Implement energy and water audit recommendations (with six year or less financial payback) to reduce energy and potable water consumption.
  3. Implement a University-wide Environmental Management System including: induction; workshops; procedures; policy; data collection, monitoring and reporting; incident reporting; and continuous improvement methodologies.
  4. Establish an Education for Sustainability Working Group to promote environmental sustainability issues in teaching, learning and research programs.

Office for Sustainability

The Office for Sustainability is responsible for the delivery of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy and for providing environmental support, advice and information on the following program areas:

  • Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Biodiversity
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Leadership and Engagement

Working groups are established for all program areas (except for Sustainable Built Environment, EMS and Leadership and Engagement) and meet quarterly.

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Melbourne Burwood Campus (03) 9244 6246
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (03) 5227 1166
Email sustainability@deakin.edu.au

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11th June 2012