The concept of sustainability is a lot simpler than people think
Be good to yourself, to others and to the planet. We do this by understanding and appreciating the interconnectivity between our society, the environment and the economy, and how our decisions and actions impact this balance – both now and into the future.
There are plenty of interesting opportunities to be more sustainable. The first step in the sustainability movement is to decide what aspect of sustainability interests you.
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Doing good for me
In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, the need to look after yourself is greater than ever. Yet it’s easy to overlook our own needs, including sustaining our own wellbeing. Perhaps you think you’re being self-indulgent, or maybe you feel overwhelmed by life’s demands and it’s just easier to neglect yourself.
The reality is, to be able to contribute fully to society, the economy and the environment, we need to ensure we take care of ourselves. Part of living sustainably is personal sustainability – nurturing your own health and wellbeing, so you can thrive and realise your full potential, now and into the future.
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Doing good for others
By helping others and working towards the greater good for all, we can use our individual strengths and interests to make our communities – and our world – better. What’s more, when you help others, you’re also helping yourself by fulfilling a sense of purpose and benefiting your wellbeing. It’s a win-win!
Practicing sustainability is about paying closer attention to the interconnectivity between us all. It embraces the necessity of looking after others, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of wellbeing, participate fully in our society and reach our maximum potential.
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Doing good for the planet
We are all connected. Whether you are a politician, plumber, librarian or teacher – we all share this wonderful living planet. It feeds us, shelters us, sustains us. It gives us life. So, it only makes sense that we want it to be balanced, healthy and thriving, so that we, too, can be healthy and thrive.
As responsible global citizens, we owe it to ourselves and to each other to be good to this world of ours. And we can do that by developing a keener awareness of environmental issues and taking some thoughtful steps from there. From our options to our actions, we can make a positive impact on the welfare of the planet. By nurturing, protecting and preserving our environment, we – and those who will come after us – can continue to enjoy its amazing resources and wonders.
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Doing good with M-Power
We know that passion and participation of University students and staff are integral to the successful implementation of initiatives for sustainability. With this in mind, Macquarie University’s M-Power sustainability program provides a fun and meaningful way for our community to focus on improving key lifestyle areas, such as waste, transport and volunteering.
M-Power provides staff and students with practical education, tips, ideas and resources for creating life-long behaviour change, which in turn helps make a positive difference and a culture of sustainability at Macquarie University.
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Ways the sustainability team can help you:
In an ever-changing world, it has become critical for government, business and industry to become aware of their own impacts and responsibilities. Macquarie University understands that, as an institution of higher learning, we play a leading role in educating the leaders, professionals and policymakers of the future – which is why we’re committed to the principles of sustainability in all we do.
Good quality, efficient and correct processes and systems are vital for progressing through the change required to achieve sustainability. To ensure our staff and infrastructure remain relevant, innovative and distinctive, Macquarie Sustainability can provide the tools and expertise you need to actively embed sustainability principles into your ‘business as usual’.
By partnering with us, we can help you identify your sustainability challenges, benchmark and identify where and how to strategically align your desired outcomes with the wider objectives of the University and create an action plan with tangible results.
There are two primary initiatives that will help your team think about sustainability more strategically:
Of course we are always happy to work with on creating your own distinctive approach to embedding sustainability principles and practices.
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