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Deakin University is committed to creating spaces that reduce people’s dependence on car travel, where each campus is the central hub of activity linked by excellent public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling facilities. This vision also includes minimising the impact that our vehicle fleet have towards pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know that each year over 60 percent of staff and 30 percent of students drive to Deakin in a single-occupant motor vehicle, producing over 30,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year? That's equivalent to over 700 million black balloons!
In July 2011 the University endorsed its first Sustainable Transport Strategy. The development of an efficient and progressive transport system for the University is considered a critical factor for managing and accommodating future growth and change as well as supporting the creation of attractive, liveable and sustainable campuses and surrounding communities.
The following vision and aims are from the Sustainable Transport Strategy and are proposed as the basis to underpin the University’s strategy.
The University is recognised as a leader in the community in the operation and support of socially responsible and sustainable transport systems that protect the environment, promote efficiency and underpin optimal University and community development.
The following actions are proposed as the initial focus for implementation of the strategy.
Download the Deakin University Sustainable Transport Strategy Objectives (41 KB) which outline key priority actions over the next 2 years.
For information about public transport (including timetables), carpooling, walking and cycling please visit TravelSmart
Each year Deakin offsets its vehicle fleet emissions through collaboration with Greenfleet, a registered environmental charity. Greenfleet creates future offsets by planting native forests, which capture carbon dioxide from the environment as they grow. Greenfleet offset the 1,654.91 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted in 2010 by planting 6,176 native trees in Victoria in 2011. This helps to create biodiverse forests which counteract the greenhouse gases emitted from Deakin’s fleet vehicles.
The Office for Sustainability and Deakin YMCA hosted Walktober across all campuses. This was the first time the event was held at the Geelong Waterfront Campus and Warrnambool Campus.
We would like to sincerely thank the guest speakers Dr Maria Gibson, David Stratford and Tony Overman who generously donated their time and expertise. The event was a success with 111 participants and we were fortunate to have glorious weather at each event.