These pages are full of supporting information to assist in completing the Checklist.
The Checklist is used at Bronze level to recognise what you are already doing, and again at Gold level to ascertain your progress. The Workbooks for each level are your first point of call in completing the Checklist. It is always best to have a staff member from Macquarie Sustainability with your team when undertaking this exercise.
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About the Checklist
The Checklist is split into four priority areas, based on the University’s strategic sustainability approach. You will notice that the four areas align with the core elements of the University:
With the increasing responsibilities being placed on senior management, there are further demands for governing bodies to review the non-financial risks and opportunities that may impact on an institution. Leadership and Governance examines and encourages not only ambitious strategic intent but also focuses on building capacity through human capital and development. Building social and environmental sustainability into established processes and management systems will ensure they remain strategically important issues, embedded into everyday institutional practices for long-term benefit.
Sustainability is only possible when there is collaboration and engagement. The challenges posed by the enormity of delivering sustainable development mean that progress is possible only through the sharing of ideas and approaches that can lead us to more sustainable practice. It is widely accepted that educational institutions have a civic duty and social responsibility to engage with the wider community. Partnerships and engagement considers external business and community engagement but also considers the importance of internal communities and how these can be supported and developed to the benefit of the individual and the institution.
It is through the activities aligned to Learning, Teaching and Research that institutions will realise their full potential to address social responsibility and drive forward sustainable development. Through formal and informal curricula, skills training and development, knowledge transfer and research, institutions will have a significant, positive long-term impact on society. Ensuring students are exposed to learning experiences that maximise their opportunities to graduate as sustainability-literate citizens is arguably the most important step towards a sustainable future. Here we are seeking to identify sustainability in research as well as opportunities for engaging in research that is socially and environmentally responsible. We aim to link the curriculum with facilities and operations to enable the development of a campus-as-classroom ethos.
In many institutions the commitment to sustainability has been apparent in facilities and operations for a number of years. Energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and sustainable travel planning all provide evidence of commitment to environmental management and social responsibility. This priority area provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate how you are planning, managing and implementing measures within your department. Activities in this space are subject to more specific and recognised measurement, monitoring and management than the other areas, providing far more robust quantitative data to assess and respond to. The frameworks within this priority area seek to not only encourage responses to the negative environmental impacts of facilities and operations but also to promote the positive, social benefits of campuses and the built environment, thus fostering links between facilities and infrastructure and learning and teaching and creating synergies between the quality of the campus and the overall student experience.
Using the Checklist
Prior to proceeding with completing your Workbook Checklist, the department needs to make a decision: will you work through all of the priority areas, or concentrate on just one? Once this decision has been made, you can then determine which area you will commence with. It is ideal to have the appropriate committees and/or persons with in depth knowledge of the themed areas, to participate in the discussion.
As you progress through the Workbook, if you come across an action that is unclear, you can use these pages to find information on why the action is something to consider, any assisting resources, and even case studies of how it is already occurring on campus.