Sustainability case studies

The concise case studies below cover a range of sustainability topics and provide another view on Sustainability at Deakin University.

Deakin University’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

Deakin is a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Develop Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs and their associated 169 targets were agreed by all countries at the United Nations in September 2015 and constitute a shared global framework of development priorities to 2030. They aim to bring an end to extreme poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change, and encourage good governance and peace and security.

Universities will have a vital role to play in addressing these critical global challenges and achieving the SDGs. Universities have a responsibility through their teaching to equip the next generation of leaders, innovators and thinkers to understand the global challenges facing the world and the role they can play in rising to meet these challenges. Through their research and training of research leaders, universities are at the forefront of finding sustainable social, economic, environmental and technical solutions to global problems. Finally, through their own operations universities can pioneer innovation and can set an example to other sectors and businesses. It is important for the future of the world that all universities play their part in achieving the SDGs.

Deakin’s first introduction to the SDGs was the incorporation into the 2015 Sustainability Report by mapping the material aspects against the goals. We have received very positive feedback on the incorporation of the SDGs in the report and are leading the sector in doing so. The SDGs outline a set of targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. 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 these targets and the objectives of the SDGs.

Deakin is now a signatory to the SDGs alongside other prominent universities such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, James Cook University, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Adelaide.

By signing the SDG’s Deakin University:

  • Recognises the enormous social, economic and environmental challenges facing the World.
  • Recognises that future development must take place in a way that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • Recognises that the Sustainable Development Goals establish an agenda for the achievement of sustainable development by 2030.
  • Stress the vitally important role that universities can play in achieving a sustainable future through teaching, research and operations.

And agree that we will:

  • Support and promote the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Undertake research that provides solutions to sustainable development challenges.
  • Provide the educational opportunity for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring our campuses and major programs are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, and
  • Report on our activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 SDGs and their associated 169 targets were agreed by all countries at the United Nations in September 2015 and constitute a shared global framework of development priorities to 2030. They aim to bring an end to extreme poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change, and encourage good governance and peace and security.

Universities will have a vital role to play in addressing these critical global challenges and achieving the SDGs. Universities have a responsibility through their teaching to equip the next generation of leaders, innovators and thinkers to understand the global challenges facing the world and the role they can play in rising to meet these challenges. Through their research and training of research leaders, universities are at the forefront of finding sustainable social, economic, environmental and technical solutions to global problems. Finally, through their own operations universities can pioneer innovation and can set an example to other sectors and businesses. It is important for the future of the world that all universities play their part in achieving the SDGs.

Deakin’s first introduction to the SDGs was the incorporation into the 2015 Sustainability Report by mapping the material aspects against the goals. We have received very positive feedback on the incorporation of the SDGs in the report and are leading the sector in doing so. The SDGs outline a set of targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Deakin is a signatory to the SDGs alongside other prominent universities such as the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, James Cook University, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Adelaide.

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Case Studies

Science in Australia Gender Equity

In an effort to staunch the flow of female talent from academia, Deakin is one of 40 universities and organisations participating in Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), a program to improve gender equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Led by Equity and Diversity’s Gender Equity team, Human Resources and Deakin Research, the SAGE pilot aims to improve the opportunities and increase retention of Australian women scientists through the adoption of the Athena SWAN Charter, an evidence-based accreditation and improvement program for higher education and research organisations that focuses on promoting diversity and addressing gender and other forms of inequality in STEMM. This project will deliver benefits for all staff and students at Deakin.

Gender Equity

Deakin Hallmarks helping to embed Sustainability and Picture

Deakin Hallmarks are university awards designed to give Deakin students an edge in the employment market.

Awarded as a digital credential, Hallmarks form a detailed record of achievement and can be shared publicly through social media and professional platforms like LinkedIn.

They are developed in collaboration with industry and professional bodies to ensure that they reward capabilities and achievement that are prized in the workplace.

In 2016, two Deakin University students Jason Prasad and Dannielle Graham received the Deakin Hallmark: Teamwork Excellence in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Deakin Hallmarks

This Hallmark is designed to give students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) an opportunity to evidence outstanding contributions to teamwork, an essential skill for environmental managers and sustainability practitioners.

The assessment panel who endorsed Jason and Dannielle’s achievement included Deakin staff and industry representatives from the Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and a graduate of the course.

To achieve the Hallmark, Jason and Dannielle provided a portfolio evidencing their sustained and meaningful contribution to diverse teams, impact of their work in teams on the field of environmental management and sustainability, and implementation of creative or innovative ideas within a team.

Reducing our fuel use

Since 2013, we have reduced our vehicle fuel use by almost 50 percent, or 190,000 litres. This reduction is especially significant, when considered within the context of a multi-campus, agile work environment in which staff often need to collaborate across multiple locations.

Historically, travel by car was seen as the primary mode of transport. We’ve worked hard to change this, and today have a range of active and public transport options available to Deakin staff and students – including our exemplar inter-campus bus service.

Our videoconferencing facilities have also grown considerably, with all areas having access to sophisticated technology. In 2016 we completed the roll out of Deakin Unplugged. We replaced our fixed desk telephone system with an app-based telephone system that is available on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones – as well as desktop computers. This means our staff can make and take work calls on their chosen device wherever they are.

Combined with the procurement of more fuel efficient vehicles, fleet size reduction and a travel booking system that promotes car sharing, these initiatives have had a considerable effect on our environmental impacts whilst enhancing the Deakin experience for staff and students.

Burwood Link - Managing our biodiversity impacts


Contact us

Please direct Sustainability enquiries to:
Organisational Sustainability,
Manager Organisational Sustainability,
Emma Connan

03 522 78531 03 522 78531

sustainability@deakin.edu.au

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