Are you up for the challenge?

At Griffith Business School, we recognise that businesses have a crucial role to play in helping us shape a better and more sustainable world. This year, we also want to bring in our students on our journey towards becoming a business school that is committed to sustainability.

The Griffith Business School Sustainability Challenge has been created with the aim of involving students in initiatives that engage, educate and help progress the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. In doing so, we hope to support and inspire our students in becoming responsible leaders who put purpose beyond profit.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals? 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world's best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle-income - to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests.

To learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals, visit the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

How does this Challenge help progress the Sustainable Development Goals?

Our main goal with this challenge is to firstly, raise awareness and educate about the sustainable development goals. Secondly, we want to connect our students with initiatives that help foster their understanding of the sustainable development goals and the role we play, as individuals, to help progress each goal. And finally, each initiative – however small – will contribute to the individual targets specified for each goal as per the global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). The global indicator framework is a set of indicators designed to monitor progress towards the SDGs and each of the 169 targets at the global level.

How to get involved

It's easy! Simply register your interest below. Once you’ve registered, we will send you a welcome email and organise a punch card for you.

Each month, we will keep you updated of the progress of the challenge so you can participate in each of the initiatives. Every time you participate in an activity we will punch out your card so you can keep a record of your progress.

What’s in it for me?

Besides showing your commitment to sustainability, participants will:

  1. Be ‘in-the-know’ of sustainability events at Griffith.
  2. Have the opportunity to attend sustainability events in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For example, through friendly competitions, you will have the chance to win free tickets to sustainability exhibitions, festivals, conferences and movie screenings.
  3. There will be prizes up for grabs at some of the events and activities.
  4. We will also be giving out prizes for different levels for challengers who complete 5, 10 and 17 SDGS.
  5. If you complete all 17 SDGs, you will be added into the draw to win a $200 voucher for a store that sells eco-friendly products.
  6. At the end of the year, you will be invited to an End of Year celebration, where you will receive a certificate for your participation that signals your commitment to sustainability.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the challenge and help us create a more sustainable world.

Sign up for the Challenge

Challenge activities

We are still finalising the details of each of the activities, including date and time. We will update this page with more information accordingly. If you have signed up for the challenge, we will ensure to keep you updated directly via email.

1. Donate goods to a partner charity that works to end poverty.

2. Attend a zero-food waste workshop and learn how to make the most of your ingredients while cooking.

3. Attend a well-being workshop. We’ll have a few different ones throughout the year.

4. Donate to our book drive or pen drive.

5. Donate to our dignity drive.

6. Complete the water saving checklist and apply those actions in your day to day.

7. See how much energy can be saved by blending your own smoothie with a bicycle.

8. Attend a green economics workshop.

9. See sustainability in action! Join a site visit to a business that is incorporating sustainability into their practices.

10. Complete the First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge. Sit down with us and your fellow challengers to watch a 5-minute video told to you by First Nations elders and knowledge custodians.

11. Visit a local community garden.

12. Attend a zero-waste workshop.

13. Plant a tree.

14. Join a beach care day.

15. Attend a sustainable agriculture workshop.

16. Join Griffith’s ‘Walk and Talk’ to recognise National Sorry Day and honour the spirit and resilience of those who fought tirelessly for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

17. Play the 2030 SDGs game to gain a greater understanding of how to create a more sustainable world via the SDGs.

Do you have an idea that could be added to this list? We’d love to hear from you! Please email us at gcse@griffith.edu.au.