Sustainability - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy outlines the requirements of the executive, managers, staff and students in meeting the sustainability objectives of The University of Queensland.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Operational Control - As defined by the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (C’Wealth) (2007)

SSC - Sustainability Steering Committee

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to staff, students, contractors and visitors at all UQ campuses, sites and teaching, research and work areas where the University has operational control and movement to, from and between them.

This policy covers actions and activities that may impact on biodiversity, built environment, energy (and carbon), environmental risk, purchasing, recycling and waste, transport and water.

4. Policy Statement

Staff, students, contractors and visitors must adopt all applicable undertakings of this policy to ensure sustainability is embedded in The University of Queensland’s’ teaching, research, engagement and operational activities across all our campuses to foster a culture of suitability that supports global priorities.

5. Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors have overall responsibility for sustainability and are accountable for the sustainable performance and the effective implementation of sustainable systems in their works areas and work activities.

Staff and students have a responsibility to follow sustainable processes and procedures in their work areas and across the University as a whole where they exist.

The Deputy Director of Property and Facilities is responsible for the implementation of the sustainability program at The University of Queensland and reports to SSC, a committee of the Vice-Chancellor.

6. Commitment

The University of Queensland Senate and its senior management are committed to ensuring a sustainable future. 

The University will continually improve the sustainability of its business and activities and integrate sustainability in teaching and research outcomes.

Sustainability will be pursued through a proactive sustainable management philosophy, based on executive commitment, continual assessment and effective communication.

6.1 Undertakings

Through procedures and processes, the University will support this commitment by:

  • Implementing and maintaining a structure that ensures the systematic management of sustainability throughout The University of Queensland;
  • Complying with all statutory requirements;
  • Clearly stating and delegating sustainability responsibilities for all persons and levels at the University;
  • Providing an adequate, responsible financial budget model for sustainable strategies;
  • Providing a process that manages and balances sustainability risks with operational priorities and activities;
  • Supporting and participating in recognised and complementary programs, agreements and partnerships;
  • Establishing measurable objectives and targets to manage corporate sustainability issues and increasing awareness of sustainability;
  • Providing appropriate training to all staff, students, contractors and visitors in relevant sustainability systems and issues;
  • Implementing a consultation process to ensure employees and students are included in the decision making processes relating to operational sustainability issues;
  • Communicating relevant sustainability information to all employees, contractors, students, visitors and wider stakeholders; and
  • Integrating operational sustainability solutions with teaching, learning and research objectives.
Director, Property and Facilities Mr Fabby Ernesta
Director, Property and Facilities Mr Fabby Ernesta