64. Environment sustainability

64.1  The University is committed to demonstrating national leadership in sustainability by establishing policies and operations that will reduce its environmental footprint. To achieve this, the parties agree to work effectively together to develop a culture of environmental sustainability and to build campus community understanding of ecological issues.

64.2  Specifically, the parties agree:

  • to maintain an Environmental Management Plan with specific targets for the reduction of greenhouse emissions, water conservation, and management of recycling, biodiversity and environmental risk;
  • to maintain the Environmental Management Planning Committee, with representation from all segments of the community, including academic and general staff, a union nominee, students and ex officio members nominated by the University. The Committee will provide appropriate advice on environmental matters to University Management as well as monitoring progress against targets set in the Environmental Management Plan;
  • that the Committee will prepare an annual report detailing performance against environmental targets to be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor and published for public information.

64.3  The parties also agree to work together to ensure the effectiveness of specific programs for improving the environmental efficiency of campus academic and administrative activities. To facilitate this outcome, the University will:

  • develop and support locally based programs designed at improving individual and departmental environmental behaviour (for example, Green office, Green IT or Green laboratory programs);
  • establish formal development programs to improve staff understanding of campus environmental issues;
  • construct buildings and campus infrastructure consistent with ecologically sustainable design principles;
  • develop strategies for sustainable travel to/from and around campus; and
  • develop landscape strategies to reduce water consumption, while maintaining the campus grounds as a facility for use by the campus community.

64.4  Where practical to do so, savings generated by environmental efficiency will be invested in programs to improve the campus environmental operations and build ecological literacy.