Resource Management

Resource Management


The Resource Management Policy establishes the University’s approach to effective and efficient resource management relating to energy, water and waste.



To outline Macquarie University’s approach to effective and efficient resource management relating to energy, water and waste. 


As institutions of higher learning, universities are in a unique position to advance the societal transformation needed to improve the wellbeing of our communities and our planet. As places of high resource consumption, universities also have an obligation to limit any negative impacts their activities may have on eco and social systems. As such, Macquarie University will strive for continued improvements in resource efficiency including minimising the use of materials, water and energy, and the production of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. The efficient use of resources is the responsibility of all staff and students and is an important part of key performance indicators across all disciplines.


All staff, students, contractors and visitors to the North Ryde campus.


Macquarie University is committed to achieving maximum possible resource efficiency. This will include utilising the most efficient technology and management practices in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the University’s campus environment and services in order to conserve resources and preserve ecosystems.  It is essential that consideration is given to the associated effects of inevitable resource use to minimise impact in all activities.

Resource efficiency refers to:
  • minimised use of water, energy and materials (including but not limited to) paper, containers, packaging, electronics, building materials and chemicals
  • minimised production of waste, and
  • minimised production of and contribution to greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions.
This means that in the event where using resources is unavoidable the University will (in order of priority should conflict occur):
  • abide by all relevant government legislative requirements (e.g. enforced water restrictions), and Macquarie University policy
  • make consistent and equitable decisions about the efficient use of resources and best practice environmental management
  • take the precautionary approach using caution and prudence to guide decisions made in the context of uncertain environmental or social effects or where there is any risk of serious or irreversible harm to public health or the environment
  • approach the use of resources using the hierarchy: rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle
  • incorporate pricing which considers the full social, environmental and economic costs of use. Impacts on human health and the environment will be considered with financial costs
  • recognise the biophysical limits on natural resource use
  • protect biological diversity and ecological integrity
  • ensure faculties, institutes, schools, centres, offices, sections and individuals are aware of their responsibility with regard to resource efficiency and conservation
  • involve the University community through consultation, participation and shared responsibility for decisions relating to resource management and
  • strive to meet our obligations as a member of the global community including legislative requirements and minimising environmental impact.

Macquarie University will set demanding and achievable conservation and reduction goals and objectives pertaining to energy, water and waste. These will be regularly reviewed in the light of emerging technologies and global best practice.  Regular monitoring and reporting will be undertaken.

The University may commence applicable disciplinary procedures if a person to whom this Policy applies breaches this Policy (or any of its related procedures).

Policy Information

Contact OfficerDirector, Property
Date Approved15 December 2009
Approval Authority

Vice-President Finance and Resources

Date of Commencement15 December 2009
Amendment History
30 March 2020 – Approval Authority updated to Vice-President Finance and Resources in accordance with University Delegations of Authority.
12 September 2019 – Minor amendment: reference to Procurement Handbook updated to Procurement Policy, and removed reference to rescinded Purchasing Procedure.
15 August 2019 – Updated Approval Authority from Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor to Vice-President, University Services and Strategy in accordance with responsibilities per Delegations of Authority Register.
29 May 2017 - updated Approval Authority from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
February 2014 – updated position title to COO; Procurement Handbook replaced Purchasing Policy / Guideline
August 2013 - compliance and breaches statement added
February 2011 – name change from OFM to Property
Date for Next ReviewDecember 2012
Related DocumentsEnergy Management Procedure
Procurement Policy
Sustainability Policy / Procedure
Sustainability Strategy
Waste Management Procedure
Water Management Procedure
Policies / Rules Superseded by this PolicyNil
KeywordsResource Efficiency, Resource Management,  Sustainability, Sustainable, Consumption, Water, Energy, Waste, Material, Emissions, Pollution
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