Sustainability

Sustainability

23. SUSTAINABILTY

23.1 The University’s commitment to environmental and social sustainability is set out in Sustaining Our Future: Sustainability Strategy, 2015–2019 (as updated from time to time). This Strategy provides a framework for embedding sustainability principles across the University under the following key areas:

(a) leadership and governance;

(b) learning, teaching and research;

(c) partnerships and engagement;

(d) facilities and operations.

23.2 The University and the Union recognise that long term environmental and social sustainability can provide benefits to the University community through:

a) the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions;

b) reductions in energy and water consumption;

c) accessible and safe alternative transport modes such as pedestrian pathways, cycling facilities and car-pooling provisions; and

d) the development of environmentally and socially sustainable work practices within the University, including flexible work practices and wellbeing initiatives.

23.4 The University will continue to develop a culture that supports environmental and social sustainability by:

(a) demonstrating leadership through continual improvement towards environmental and social sustainability outcomes;

(b) developing and maintaining programs to build staff awareness of sustainability principles and embed sustainability practices;

(c) reporting on performance against sustainability targets and making such reports publicly available;

(d) encouraging Staff to raise matters relating to environmental sustainability issues such as transport, waste, pollution, energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions or environmental mismanagement;

(e) consulting with Staff on the introduction and integration of practices that aim to improve the University’s sustainability performance. To assist with this goal a representative of the NTEU will be invited to:

(i) attend meetings of the University's Sustainability Representative Network; and

(ii) participate in the review and redevelopment of future sustainability strategies.

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