Our strategy: Sustaining our Future
The Sustainability Strategy lays out the systemic approach to be taken in response to Our University: A Framing of Futures and its commitment to embedding the principles of sustainability into all that we do. It provides the direction for Macquarie University with regards to sustainability up until 2019.
More details about our approach to embed sustainability into the practices, processes and performance of the University, which is based on the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) framework, can be found in this document.
In 2013, the University community came together to define our long term aspiration and the elements that will make our impact truly distinctive. From this came Our University: A Framing of Futures, the strategic document to providing guidance for our work ahead. Within this document, our commitment to the principles of sustainability is clear.
Sustainability annual report
The Sustainability Annual Report is based on a calendar year performance and provides information on our progress towards sustainability. Whilst we recognise that sustainability encompasses three main aspects being the environment, social and economic factors of an organisation, the report focuses primarily on the first two. Details pertaining to the University's detailed economic performance can be found in the Macquarie University Annual Report.
- 2014 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 1467.5 KB
- 2013 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3844.11 KB
- 2012 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3288.07 KB
- 2011 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3444.57 KB
- 2010 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2567.45 KB
- 2009 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2299.04 KB
- 2008 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2446.42 KB
Policies and procedures
Several policies and procedures have been developed or reworked to include principles of sustainability including:
- Sustainability Policy and Procedure
- Purchasing Policy, Procedure and Guidelines
- Resource Management Policy
- Water Management Procedure
- Fair Trade Policy
Each new or modified policy is developed through consultation with staff and students on campus. The participatory process involved is critical to the acceptance of and adherence to policies that will guide sustainability measures at Macquarie.
Embedding sustainability into key systems
Sustainability Representative Network (SRN)
The Sustainability Representative Network (SRN) comprises sustainability champions from all departments and faculties across campus, and provides an avenue of communications between Macquarie University Sustainability and staff. The SRN provides education and awareness concerning sustainability into the various faculties and departments of the University.
The Sustainability Representative Network is supported by the Vice - Chancellor and the Director of Human Resources, with representatives receiving formal recognition of their role on the Network, and appropriate time off to attend meetings and capacity building workshops. Macquarie University Sustainability supplies the essential support to the SRN (eg. information, education materials, training, meeting and network facilitation) in a form that is appropriate to enable the representatives to adequately fulfill their role. The role of the SRN is directed towards achieving the University's sustainability objectives.
Sustainability Induction Modules
All new staff are required to undertake two online sustainability modules as part of their induction to the University. The modules are designed to be fun and engaging and provide our staff with opportunities and resources to learn more about sustainability, and their role in sustainability at Macquarie University. If you have an iLearn log in, you can access the online modules through the Community Units section of iLearn.