Since its inception, Griffith has had an ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability. The Higher Education sector as a whole is recognising its role in addressing the challenges of sustainability.
As a forerunner in the field, in 1975 Griffith launched Australia's first environmental science degree and since then, has continued to lead in areas of environmental science, education, research and practices.
In 2010 Griffith reinforced its sustainability commitment when it signed up to the UN Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate and sustainability initiative. The Compact has 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
In 2011 Griffith University appointed a Sustainability Project Officer. The position reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) and works in conjunction with the Sustainability Sub Committee.
The Sustainability Sub Committee, chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts, represents all elements of the university.
'To be a sustainable university' is one of five key goals in Griffith University's Strategic Plan 2013-2017.
Griffith's Sustainability Plan 2017-2020, approved in late 2016 provides strategic direction for the University community.
Griffith University's Sustainability Report 2013-2015 provides an overview of the strategies that have been implemented and the progress we have made to advance our sustainability commitment.
Griffith is also committed to responsible investments. View further details.
Griffith University's sustainability commitment and achievements were recognised by the Green Gown Awards Australasia in 2013, 2014 and 2016.