Sustainability Initiatives

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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.

Danielle and Jason

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


Deakin University is committed to Fairtrade.

Deakin University was granted Fairtrade accreditation in 2012. We are the 7th University in Australia to be accredited.

To commemorate the event an official launch was held in October 2012, opened by the Vice Chancellor. Students studying Creating Sustainable Futures also took part by developing a YouTube clip all about Fairtrade at Deakin. Check out their great work.

What does this mean for Deakin?

Download the fact sheet (PDF, 186.7 KB) about Deakin's accreditation and future plans for Fairtrade

Interested in Fairtrade? Join Deakin's Fairtrade Vision club!

What is Fairtrade Vision? Fairtrade Vision is Deakin University's youth movement connected with Fairtrade and Oxfam and World Vision collectively. The Student Movement inspires, educates and empowers young people to respond to social injustice and poverty throughout the world by supporting
Grassroots and recognised groups. You can find out more about what Fairtrade Vision does by visiting their website.

Fairtrade Vision Deakin runs cabinets selling Fairtrade items at the Natural 1 Cafe at Waurn Ponds; and the Waterfront Kitchen as tribute to Deakin University being an Accredited Fair Trade University.

Fairtrade Vision Deakin also supports Thabiso Siile, a 4 year old boy from Lesotho. People in Lesotho's population live on less than $1.25 a day - as a result, one-quarter of children aged below three have stunted growth due to malnourishment.

Why get involved? Joining Fairtrade Vision is a fantastic opportunity to use your talents for a worthwhile causes from fundraising, education, social awareness and political action programs - you don't need experience, you need passion to make a difference!

As Corporate Social Responsibility is at the forefront of most businesses today, it is a wonderful opportunity to add substance to your CV.

In 2016, The FTV group ran The Fairly Educated Conference (3 day event), OxJam for Geelong, and Market Days for Deakin (x 4). In 2017 the team managed and executed a full day for the Dragon Festival at Deakin, Trivia Night for students, Market Day and OxJam. It is not a demanding or time consuming role
but the rewards are extensive.

For further information contact Ally Wimmer on 5227 2677 (Program Mentor).

Smart Microgrid Energy System at Deakin

Deakin University will host a new $30 million smart microgrid energy system at the Waurn Ponds campus. The Waurn Ponds Smart Energy Partnership between Deakin and AusNet Services will establish a 7.25 megawatt smart energy microgrid that includes a solar generation farm, one megawatt of battery
storage capacity and an integrated new research and visualisation centre.

It will provide 54% of the campus electricity requirements and reduce the University’s carbon emissions by 12,000 tonnes per annum. This equates to 513,742 Geelong to Burwood car trips in a petrol car. It’s a major and exciting step within Deakin’s Carbon Management Strategy, and will work toward achieving
Deakin’s aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The project will also have real time links with a new research, teaching and visualisation centre which will be instrumental in training the next generation of energy professionals. The program will support critical research and development to inform the rollout of sustainable microgrid systems in the
community and their effective integration with existing energy networks.

Whilst the system is significant on its own, the project’s clear vision is to work with governments, industry and the community to expand on this solid foundation by diversifying and expanding research on renewable generation options.

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

03 5227 8531 03 5227 8531

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