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Responsible Officer: Vice-President (Enterprise)
Implementation Officer: Executive Director, Facilities Services

First approved by: Council on 16 April 2009

Amendments approved by:
Council on 8 December 2011
(amendment to Responsible Officer)

Next review due: 2012

Environmental Sustainability Policy

This policy was approved by Council on 16 April 2009 and incorporates all amendments to 8 December 2011.

The law governing environmental sustainability at Deakin University includes both the common law and legislation, in particular:
Environment Protection Act 1970 (Vic)
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (Cth)
Water Act 1989 (Vic)
Water Industry Act 1994 (Vic)

1The University recognises the need to move towards an environmentally sustainable future and is committed to improving its policies and actions in this respect.
2So far as possible the University will integrate environmental sustainability principles into all of its operations, strategies, plans, policies, activities and the curriculum.
3The University will strive to reduce the environmental footprint resulting from its operations by:
  • reducing consumption of energy, water and paper
  • minimising waste generation by encouraging recycling and the use of recycled products and materials
  • reducing discharges to the environment
  • incorporating principles of environmental sustainability into the design, construction, refurbishment and operation of its buildings, plant and grounds.
4The University will develop and maintain an environmental plan and an Environmental Management System (EMS) to:
  • ensure that environmental sustainability principles are integrated into all University operations
  • ensure that the University meets, and where possible exceeds, legal and any other performance standards
  • identify the University’s environmental impacts and establish objectives and programs to minimise these impacts
  • enable audits and reviews to monitor and facilitate continuous quality improvement of the University’s environmental performance to be carried out
  • enable regular reporting on the University’s environmental performance.
5The University will further promote responsible environmental management and sustainability through:
  • communities of interest
  • partners, contracts and the supply chain
  • curriculum development and teaching leadership.

AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Deakin University Office of Environment website
Environmental Management Plan (Deakin University)
Higher Education Courses Policy
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Guidelines
Procurement Procedure
Standards Australia Handbook 203:2006 Environmental Risk Management—Principles and Process
Tendering Procedure


The Vice-President (Enterprise) is responsible for the development, compliance monitoring and review of this policy and any related procedures.


The Executive Director, Facilities Services is responsible for the promulgation and implementation of this policy throughout the University.

Printed copies of this document may not be current. Please refer to The Guide for the most recent version.
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