This commitment includes:
- Undertaking world-changing, impactful research that contributes to solving and addressing global challenges.
- Ensuring students leave the University prepared to contribute as active citizens to an environmentally healthy and equitable society.
- Actively seeking to meet changing social, environmental and economic conditions and reduce the negative impact of our actions upon our environment and society.
- The responsible consumption of energy, water, food, products and transport.
- Actively supporting sustainability in our local community and region.
- Having a reputation for being the place to learn, to work and to connect with the local and global community.
The principles of sustainability are defined as:
Global social and community awareness
The University recognises connections to the local and global community and acknowledges that its actions and decisions have the ability to affect others beyond the immediate community. To this end sustainability will be incorporated into research as well as learning and teaching, and our reach to the local and global community will be extended through active partnerships and participation.
Staff, student and community participation in decision-making about the University's activities is valued and will be sought whenever possible in the development and implementation of the University's sustainability agenda. A range of mechanisms will be established for this purpose inclusive of joint working parties and local sustainability committees.
All members of the University community are responsible for our sustainability performance and as such will be made aware of their role through induction, professional development, the provision of necessary educational and material resources and ongoing training and awareness.
Demonstrating best practice
The University will integrate sustainability into all its aspects and functions. It will be embedded into all operational policies and procedures; considered in all strategic and operational planning; and enabled through sustainable practices. Research into sustainability best practice in the higher education sector and other sectors of the economy will also be undertaken to ensure the University maintains best practice where possible.
Educational, research and resource management activities will be utilised to profile sustainable practices amongst staff, students and the communities served by Macquarie University.
Openness and transparency
Actions and processes will be transparent and progress will be reported fully to staff, students and the wider community.
Caution and prudence will guide decisions and the absence of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measures in the context of uncertain environmental or social effects.
Innovation and creativity
Creative and innovative approaches will be employed to find solutions to and eliminate unsustainable practices.
Where possible, the University will utilise resources generated on campus, with residual needs met using a sustainable procurement policy.
Whole systems approach
A whole-systems approach will be implemented to create successful change towards sustainability.