Environmental Sustainability

Environmental SustainabilityThe University of New England (UNE) is an integral part of the New England region with its distinct natural environment, a rich cultural heritage, with diverse links to regional, rural communities. In this regard, it has a unique responsibility to conduct its activities in environmentally sound and sustainable manner. With this in mind, there is an obligation on the University as part of a global community and as an educator of future leaders, to inspirit, provide guidance, and demonstrate leadership to ensure that present and future practices are part of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

The University also acknowledges its potential impact on the surrounding environment, and that a systematic approach is essential along with decision-making processes to effectively integrate both long-term and short-term economic, environmental, social and equity considerations.

The University of New England is committed to sound environmental management in all of its operations, teaching and research programs. The University is also committed to the principles of sustainability and as such it supports the future sustainability of the various rural and regional communities that it constitutes.

The University recognises its responsibility, as part of the global community and as an educator of future leaders, to encourage and show leadership in the use of ecologically sustainable practices that will help preserve our environment for current and future generations.

UNE Environmental Sustainability Plan

The Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) sets strategic directions for environmental sustainability through UNE’s commitment to the Talloires Declaration and, facilitation of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

This document implements sustainability principles for campus management and it's specific infrastructure activities that guide the University on how best to manage its buildings and infrastructure assets in a more sustainable manner. This is inclusive of:

  • Provision of strategic advice in relation to environmental sustainability for management, development, maintenance and disposal of the University’s strategic assets;
  • Management of the University’s resource consumption (energy, water, waste…) and carbon emissions responsibly to reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures and carbon offsets; and
  • Advising the University on financial strategic operational safety and regulatory risks associated with failure to adhere to the advice to environmental sustainability.

Given the University’s significant environmental footprint, the University is committed towards a number of significant projects which will consider land area usage, new buildings and infrastructure as well as an ever-increasing cost associated with the renewal of underground infrastructure. The new infrastructure will support environmentally responsible and sustainable practices to the concept of Environmental Conscious Design (ECD).

Facilities Management Services (FMS) is available to provide support and advice on a range of environmental and sustainability issues on campus. Enquiries can be directed to the Environmental Sustainability Manager on (02) 6773 5844.