Sustainability Charter

The Sustainability Charter places sustainability at the heart of The University of Melbourne.

It is an enduring document, which defines our principles, values and high-level commitments for each of our activity areas. The development of the Sustainability Charter was highlighted in Growing Esteem, the University of Melbourne's five-year strategy governing teaching and learning, research and engagement.

Consultation for the Charter spanned ten weeks from October to December with the University receiving over 200 submissions. Two events were held: a consultation on campus and a public forum featuring Professor Ross Garnaut, Chief Financial Officer Alan Tait, State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell, UMSU Representative Anisa Roger and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute Roger Dargerville.

Consultation also included discussions with 11 various University committees and the University was also fortunate to have the Graduate Student Association (GSA) & Fossil Free Melbourne University (FFMU) run their own successful consultation events. A guide on how the charter was developed is available as is the rationale behind its development.

The Sustainability Charter celebrates the dedication of the University of Melbourne community to upholding its social responsibility to lead public debate and action towards a sustainable future.

The conversation on sustainability at the University of Melbourne continues as the Sustainability Charter provides the principles and values to inform tangible commitments, which will be outlined in the Sustainability Plan.

The Sustainability Plan will be designed in collaboration with staff, students and other stakeholders in a consultation period from April to August 2016.

The University welcomes the encouraging response and engagement it has received in the consultation to date, and looks forward to further consultation on the development of the Sustainability Plan.

We look forward to receiving your thoughts on sustainability at the University of Melbourne.


Key Dates

From April you will be able to provide consultation for the Sustainability Plan.

December 2015

Sustainability Charter Consultation Forum – December 16

End of Consultation Period for Sustainability Charter – December 31

February 2016

University Executive Considers Approval of Charter – February 24th.

March 2016

University Council Considers Approval of Charter – March 16th

Release and Virtual Launch of the Final Charter – March 18th

April - August 26 2016

Calls For Engagement on Sustainability Plan – Consultation Period

September 2016

University Executive Considers Sustainability Plan Approval

October 2016

University Council Considers Sustainability Plan Approval

Release and Launch of the Final Sustainability Plan – 2nd Half of October