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.