Organisational Sustainability

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.

Help us create a sustainable Deakin

As a Deakin value, sustainability is a priority. We are committed to being a leader in sustainability, and you can help us to make a meaningful difference.

Our Sustainability Commitments

The university has Sustainability Commitments with measurable targets set for 2020, 2025 and 2030. These commitments are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and everyone at Deakin can contribute to achieving them.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Deakin is proud to be a signatory to the university commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are a set of 17 goals and 169 targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.


CN2025 is our program to become carbon neutral by 2025 and carbon negative by 2030. With a focus on reducing emissions at their source, the CN2025 Program demonstrates Deakin’s leadership in climate change action and enabling a sustainable world.

Projects within CN2025 aim to combat emissions in four ways:

  • Avoid energy required by planning for sustainable development.
  • Reduce energy consumption by implementing energy efficiency and optimization projects.
  • Replace energy sources through electrifying gas infrastructure and switching all electricity to 100% renewable sources.
  • Offset residual emissions by purchasing carbon offsets for flights, fleet and other unavoidable emissions.

The CN2025 program outlines large, ambitious projects that will lead us to become carbon negative. But there are also actions we can all take that will help to reduce our emissions in the meantime, like choosing sustainable transport, disposing of waste responsibly, or turning off the lights and electrical equipment when it’s not in use.

Play your part

Our community is passionate about sustainability. Small actions make a big difference, and there are lots of ways you can help us to reach our goals.

We Choose to Reuse

The Deakin community is working towards a goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030 and you can help us to save approximately 160,000 items of packaging from landfill annually by choosing to reuse.

In 2023, cafés and food outlets at the Waurn Ponds campus are wiping out the waste generated by single-use plastics, takeaway cups and other disposable packaging. ‘We Choose to Reuse’ says it all – reusable crockery, cutlery and cups will be introduced at Market Hall, Barista Bar and Mr Tod, collected, washed and returned for reuse. The initiative is being run in collaboration with Sustainability Victoria as part of the Single Use Plastic Ban campaign.

Lend a hand to wipe out waste:

  • GRAB food and drinks in the reusable containers provided at Market Hall, Barista Bar and Mr Tod
  • USE real crockery, cutlery and cups to enjoy your meal at one of the participating venues or take it to your favourite study area
  • RETURN reusable items to designated collection points in Market Hall, outside Barista Bar and next to Mr Tod in the Library

Choose the right bin

On campus, you’ll see different bins for rubbish, organics (compost) and recycling. This is so we can separate waste items and reduce our contribution to landfill. If you’re not sure which bin to use, take the time to check the A-Z Waste List before you throw things away.

Contamination is one of our biggest waste challenges. If our organics and recycling bins are contaminated with other items, all the contents will end up in landfill, so it's important to separate waste items before they end up in the bin. Think before you throw!

BYO coffee cup (and save)

To avoid single use coffee cups, you can bring your own reusable cup to any of our on-campus cafes. You’ll get 20 cents off your drink each time you choose one of these options.

Travel to campus on foot, bus, train, tram, or bike

It’s convenient to access our campuses without your car. There’s bike storage, showers, lockers, myki top up stations and shuttle buses to help make it easy for you.

Find more information on the Get to Deakin page, or by watching this video.

Contact us

Get in touch with the sustainability team by sending us an email.

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