About sustainability at Macquarie

Macquarie University understands that as institutions of higher learning we play a leading role in educating the leaders, professionals and policy-makers of the future. To do this, we endeavour to underpin curriculum content with explicit sustainability principles reinforced via a transformative pedagogical approach.  Staff and student engagement is a critical element of our journey, along with our capacity to tackle sustainability issues through our physical infrastructure.  Due to our size, we consume significant amounts of resources here on campus, which offers us opportunities in becoming an industry leader through the use of renewable sources of energy, waste and water.

We ask you to use this website as a means to find out more about sustainability and what you can do to improve your own and Macquarie's sustainability performance.

A sustainable organisation is one that operates in ways that avoid compromising the ability of future generations to access resources that we now take for granted. It is an organisation committed to understanding its impacts on society and the environment, while working to benefit each.

We understand that sustainability is not just a program, nor even a set of priorities. Rather, it requires changes to our way of thinking, decision-making and to our actions. At Macquarie, we have acknowledged this and are challenging our organisational patterns, attempting to work across structures and embody the principles of sustainability into all that we do. We have achieved much, but more remains to be done.

Macquarie University is in a great position to bring about the cultural change required to become more sustainable thanks to the enthusiasm and support of students and staff. The best way to ensure this support continues is to be seen to be taking sustainability seriously at all levels.

Exploring Sustainability