CSU Green wins Continuous Improvement; Institutional Change category of the Green Gown Awards 2019

When Charles Sturt University adopted
the Life Index in 2012 and embedded it into the university strategy it set our
path for our commitment to institutional wide continual improvement towards best
practice in sustainability management across our seven campuses. Headline
achievements include becoming Australia’s first certified carbon
neutral university, our graduate learning outcomes incorporating sustainable
practices, our research narrative, framed around creating new knowledge for a
world worth living in, construction of one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar
energy systems, and investing nearly a million dollars in sustainability
projects between our research and project grants in 2009 and 2018. In April
2019 we launched our sustainability statement. The statement outlines our
commitment to incorporating sustainability into our practices as
part of our responsibility to the community and the environment. Our team
of sustainability advisers lead dozens of engagement initiatives each year with
more than 2,000 students living on campus. We influence beyond our campuses
into our regional communities through the Sustainability Community University
Partnership Grants. These support sustainability projects in schools and
not-for-profit groups and Charles Sturt’s footprint. Our Sustainability Research Guide, developed in 2019, is a first for Australia. It enables sustainability best practice to be included across all
aspects of the university’s research operations and guides academics to
reduce their environmental footprint. Charles Sturt manages 20% of our lands for biodiversity conservation, which is 218 hectares across seven different campuses. We work with local experts in community groups to monitor the biodiversity zones. They are groups like the Friends of Grasslands in Canberra and the Dubbo
Field Naturalists. Our three key learnings for institution-wide continuous improvement are: nourish human relations and partnerships measure, measure, measure, and set and embed targets in your university strategic plan

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