Deakin is committed to being a sector leader in sustainability. By embedding our principles in everything we do, we will minimise our environmental impact, maintain our financial viability and promote the social aspects of sustainability whilst nurturing and enabling our future leaders.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Deakin is a signatory to the University Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UNSDGs):
The new UNSDGs, which came into effect on 1 January 2016, are an agreement by all countries to bring economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, peace, security and good governance to all by 2030.
Globally and in Australia, discussions are starting on how the country will meet the SDGs and the roles the different sectors have in enabling them to be achieved. Universities have a critical role to play through their research, innovation, education and leadership.
Amongst other initiatives Deakin’s work in establishing an Environmental, Social and Governance investment pool, developing a Carbon Management Strategy and being a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, supports the targets and objectives of the SDGs.
We are proud to be global leaders in sustainability reporting with the release of our latest sustainability report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.
Progress Report 2016
"Whether it’s sustaining the diversity of life on Earth, the viability of our work, or enjoyment of our environment, sustainability is central to maintaining our quality of life without compromising the needs of future generations."
Closing the Loop - A solution to organic waste at Deakin
Deakin was a finalist in the Green Gown Awards Australasia in a truly great example of closing the loop.
We undertook a food waste processing trial at Waurn Ponds Estate that not only reduced the amount of food waste going to landfill but returned the goodness back to the earth by using it as fertilizer in the beautiful kitchen garden.
With 19 food venues across our four campuses, Deakin is committed to finding ways to reduce the impact of food waste on campus and has plans to roll out the Closed Loop system further.
Deakin’s fighting the #WarOnWaste and working hard to improve our Sustainability. This is one of the ways you can take action - use a reusable cup and get a discount on your coffee at the same time.
Please direct Sustainability enquiries to:
Manager Organisational Sustainability,
03 522 78531 03 522 78531