Adopting a UNSW Sustainability Strategy Executive Team - Strategy 19 April 2010
Sustainability. Where’s UNSW up to? > Environmental Management Plan expired in 2010 > Some good initiatives but slipping behind with no coherent sustainability strategy. > Fractured approach completely divorced from budget > Strong commitments made in 2007/08: > “UNSW the most sustainable campus in the Southern Hemisphere.” > Signed Universitas 21 Statement on Sustainability > Undertook to develop Carbon Management Strategy
What Sustainability means to UNSW > Sustainability is a guiding principle in UNSW’s Strategic Intent, B2B Blueprint to Beyond > Australia’s leading University for sustainability in teaching and research > Time we set a standard for how large organisations conduct themselves in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way
UNSW’s B2B and Sustainability
UNSW’s B2B and Sustainability
Research: Objective and Strategies BE AMONGST THE TOP 3 OF AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES IN RESEARCH PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATING ON DEFINED STRENGTHS BY: 1. Retaining, attracting and developing leading research staff 3. Attracting the number and quality of research students consistent with our aspiration 6. Embedding integrity and professional values in our research culture Student Experience: Objective and Strategies DESTINATION OF CHOICE FOR STUDENTS WITH THE HIGHEST POTENTIAL IRRESPECTIVE OF BACKGROUND BY: 1. Ensuring a learning and teaching environment that provides an outstanding student experience, with exposure to research, and a vibrant campus life 2. Providing international opportunities and perspective for students as global citizens 3. Setting a curriculum that engages students and produces professionals in high demand who become leaders in Australia, the Asia-Paciﬁc region and beyond 4. Targeting effective recruitment and retention of high potential students who value our strengths and distinctiveness 5. Encouraging student engagement B2B and Sustainability Community Engagement: Objective and Strategies VALUED PARTNER WITH KEY COMMUNITIES, MAKING AN IMPACT ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES BY: 1. Being a leading source of expertise in our communities and a signiﬁcant initiator of and contributor to public debate 2. Driving expanding linkages and partnerships with donors, business, industry, the professions, community organisations, government, academic and international bodies 3. Developing and maintaining highly valued reciprocal relationships with alumni and former staff 4. Achieving high standards in safety and environmental sustainability
Imperatives for Sustainability action > UNSW has committed to lead by example > Comply with legislative requirements & regulatory risks including NGERS > Improve operational efficiency and lower costs > Attract & motivate the best students & staff as well a meet stakeholder expectations > Improve Sustainability League Table ranking > Corporate Social Responsibility > Position ourselves for what is a global trend
UNSW Sustainability Strategy A Sustainability Strategy should set short and medium term targets for: > Energy use > Water use > Waste > Procurement > Transport > Planning and Development > Research > Learning and Teaching > Governance > Biodiversity The Strategy should also commit UNSW to producing a Sustainability Report measuring our performance against these targets.
Key Sustainability Goals > Maintain economic viability and sustainability > Enhance and protect the environment > Reduce waste and pollutant emissions > Maximise the utilisation of existing and future infrastructure > Embed sustainability into University policies, procedures & governance
Key Sustainability Targets Energy Use energy efficiently Produce renewable energy Water Reduce water use Increase water capture and recycling Waste Increase recycling Decrease waste to landfill Procurement Only purchase goods when absolutely necessary Assess whole-of-life impacts of productsUse suppliers that support UNSW Sustainability goals.
Key Sustainability Targets Governance Embed sustainability into the core of UNSW’s operations Transport Reduce Greenhouse Gases by an agreed target next 5-10 years Planning and Development Future developments adopt Green Building Council best practice design Learning and Teaching Incorporate sustainability into the learning and teaching of the University
Green League Table > US & UK Uni & college sustainability league tables > US - College Sustainability Report Card > UK - Green League Table > AUS - Monash Sustainable Campus Group invited UNSW into Australian Sustainability League Table > June 2010 1st Australian Sustainability League table > Sustainability Strategy big benefit in ranking
What are others doing? > Our Group of Eight competitors
What our peers are doing www.monash.edu.au/news/newsline 3 February 2010
What our peers are doing www.abc.net.au/news: 15 April 2010
Sydney University University of Sydney, Alumni Magazine, March 2010
What are others doing? > Our Group of Eight competitors > Global benchmark – Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Wharton
What are others doing? > Our Group of Eight competitors > Global benchmark: Harvard, Yale, Stanford > Similar sized private corporations > The McKinsey Report > UNSW Suppliers: Spotless, HP, Gastronomy
The next 3 months > Sustainability Strategy for public consultation > Sustainability Strategy adopted > Promote & start implementing Strategy > Finalise Environmental Compliance Register > Begin work on Sustainability Report
By the end of 2010 > Release Sustainability Report > Review Sustainability Strategy > Online environmental compliance training > Student engagement: Global Citizenship, internships & volunteer > Identify opportunities & develop business case for minor & major campus sustainability projects > Community engagement & promotion > Waste and recycling tender & contract
Thank you I see a future where UNSW demonstrates we can work, live and learn sustainably. Are you in?