About Deakin

Environmental sustainability

Sustainable Procurement

Through the products we buy, we are sending a message to staff, students and visitors about our commitment to environmental sustainability, while reducing the impact that our choices make on people and the planet. Our buying power also sends a direct signal to the market about our preference for sustainable products, goods and services.


  • Develop Environmental Purchasing Guidelines by 2012
  • All tenders and contracts shall incorporate environmental
  • management considerations
  • 100% paper purchased has environmentally sustainable content by 2012 (compared with the 2009 base level)
  • 35% paper purchased has a recycled content by 2012 (compared with the 2009 base level)
  • 100% of new work stations comply with EPEAT Gold Star rating by 2012
  • ITSD sourcing strategy to include consideration of ISO14001 certification by 2010

Key Activities Undertaken

  • Establishement of a Fair Trade Staff Hub on level 6 of the Denny's Lascelles Building on the Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • Deakin University became an assoicate member of Eco-Buy in 2009

2012 Key Actions

  • Development of the Deakin Green Guide
  • Review the Purchasing Policy to include environmental considerations
  • Include requirements for Environmental Management Plans in all major project contracts
  • Continue action plan to manage paper in accordance with the waste hierarchy
  • Continue to monitor paper usage by organisation area to establish trends
  • Ensure all new work stations comply with EPEAT Gold Star rating
  • Review ITSD sourcing strategy to include a consideration of ISO14001 certification in the assessment process

What can you do?

  • Look for the Fair Trade logo on all tea, coffee and chocolate purchases and supply fair trade products at meetings, functions and events
  • Visit Eco-Buy or Good Environmental Choice Australia to make more environmentally sustainable purchases for your office
  • When updating appliances or electronic equipment look for either EPEATEnergy Star or Water Efficiency Labelling and Standard Scheme (WELS) ratings, the more stars the more energy or water efficient the product
  • Follow the principles of sustainable catering by eating healthy, organic, seasonal and/or Fair Trade where possible, and minimise waste according to the Waste Minimisation Program at Deakin
  • Ask the suppliers you use regularly to see how the amount of packaging used can be reduced
  • Source office paper with either recycled or environmentally sustainable content

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

1st March 2012