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.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Deakin is a signatory to the University Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UNSDGs):

Sustainable Development Goals

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.

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Sustainability Aspirations

Deakin University, among other universities, is playing a part in addressing the global challenges to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Challenge is the framework for the sustainable development of the University.

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By 2020

  • Policy and decision making
    Sustainability is embedded into Deakin's policy framework and values and a sustainability funding model is established and implemented.
  • Communication and engagement
    Increase staff and student awareness, action and participation in sustainability at Deakin.
  • Procurement and supply chain
    Increase Deakin's local (G21 region) procurement spend by 7 per cent and increase jobs from target communities by 20 per cent.
  • Travel and transport
    Complete a transport strategy for each campus and increase the use of sustainable transport to and between campuses.
  • Energy and emissions
    Reduce total carbon emissions to the 2013 baseline despite growth and increase the percentage of on-campus renewable energy generation.
  • Waste and recycling
    Reduce the volume of waste to landfill to 20kgs per person (equivalent to 26 per cent waster diversion).
  • Water
    Reduce mains water consumption to five kilolitres or less per person.
  • Built environment
    Embed the Deakin Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Principles and complete a climate adaptation review.
  • Natural environment
    Complete a biodiversity management plan and embed biodiversity considerations into campus planning.

By 2025

  • Policy and decision making
    Sustainability is embedded into Deakin's decision making and formal governance processes.
  • Communication and engagement
    Have sustainability ambassadors in every Faculty, Institution or Other area.
  • Procurement and supply chain
    All strategic suppliers meet Deakin's sustainable procurement principles.
  • Travel and transport
    Electric vehicle charging stations implemented on campus, and Deakin's fleet is 100 per cent hybrid or electric.
  • Energy and emissions
    Reduce total carbon emissions by 40,000 tonnes from the 2013 baseline.
  • Waste and recycling
    Further reduce waste to landfill per person to 10kg (equivalent to 77 percent waste diversion).
  • Water
    25 per cent of the University grounds irrigated using reclaimed/ captured water.
  • Built environment
    All high priority climate change adaptation actions completed.
  • Natural environment
    Enhance the biodiversity of the campuses' natural landscapes and waterways.

By 2030

  • Policy and decision making
    Deakin's operations positively contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Communication and engagement
    The Deakin community is collectively mindful about sustainability impacts, actions and opportunities.
  • Procurement and supply chain
    Deakin's supply chain has measurable positive impacts on multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Travel and transport
    The majority of staff and students with sustainable transport options, use these to travel to and between campus.
  • Energy and emissions
    Achieve carbon neutrality
  • Waste and recycling
    Achieve zero waste (equivalent to 90 per cent or greater waste diversion).
  • Water
    Maintain or improve on 2025 mains water consumption despite University growth.
  • Built environment
    Every new Deakin building will offset its own sustainability impacts.
  • Natural environment
    Biodiversity corridors have been established in priority locations, allowing wildlife to thrive on campus.

Deakin Sustainability Reports

We are proud to be global leaders in sustainability reporting with award winning reports.

Sustainability Report 2015 Poster

Deakin Sustainability
Report 2015

(PDF, 3.8MB)

Sustainaibilty Report Cover 2016

Deakin Sustainability
Progress Report 2016

(PDF, 2.4MB)

2017 Sustainability Report Cover

Deakin Sustainability
Report & Outlook 2017

(PDF, 7.0MB)

Sustainability in action

See below our range of initiatives we have implemented at Deakin.

Get to Deakin

Here are all the different ways you can get to Deakin, without needing a car.

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.

Deakins #WarOnWaste

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.

Green Impact

In 2019, Deakin had 72 teams and over 450 staff and students part of Green Impact (the most Green Impact teams in Australasia) with over 1600 actions completed across all four campus and other areas of Deakin. Watch our 2 minute highlight video here.

Sustainability - Making it matter

Over the past four years, Sustainability at Deakin has been transformed. We've implemented a range of initiatives to ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the University, and are making a tangible contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We were a finalist for our Continuous Improvement in Sustainability for the 2019 Green Gowns Awards through ACT's (Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability).

Contact us

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

03 522 78531

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