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"Macquarie University is ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable in all of its activities"

This means:

  • As an institution we function as a sustainable community, embodying responsible consumption of energy, water, food, products and transport. 
  • We actively support sustainability in our local community and region. 
  • Macquarie students leave the University prepared to contribute as working citizens to an environmentally healthy and equitable society.
  • Macquarie University has a reputation for being the place to learn, to work and to connect with the local and global community. 

We will reach this through embracing the following ideals:

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.

Shared responsibility

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

Precautionary principle

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.