Our sustainability commitment

We see the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reflection of our core values. We are committed to investing in First Peoples, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and social justice for a better world - now and in the future.

Griffith University's sustainability commitment and achievements were recognised by the Green Gown Awards Australasia in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

UN SDG goals

Sustainability Goals

Our sustainability goals include:

  • halving carbon emissions by 2030 and reducing them to net zero emissions by 2050
  • protecting our diverse ecosystems across all campuses
  • ranking in the top 200 universities in the world for the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The implementation of these goals is overseen by the Sustainability Sub Committee, which represents all elements of the University, and is Co-chaired by Professor Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, and Mr Peter Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, Griffith University.

Griffith is committed to responsible investments

Griffith University's free cash, other than nominal amounts in operational bank accounts, is invested in either the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) Capital Guaranteed Cash Fund or the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) Growth Fund. The QTC Capital Guaranteed Cash Fund invests the majority of its funds in medium-term floating rate notes, discount securities, and cash, in banks and financial institutions. QIC is a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) initiative and has adopted a Responsible Investment Policy that outlines its commitment to the principles of the UNPRI.

Key Initiatives

Sir Samuel Griffith Centre

Griffith is home to Australia's first teaching and research facility powered by photovoltaic arrays and hydrogen-metal hydride storage technologies.

The innovative, 6 star green star rated Sir Samuel Griffith Centre is an example of genuine sustainable energy alternatives. The Centre showcases Griffith’s commitment to finding practical solutions to environmental issues. It also provides a model that could be incorporated into isolated buildings such as schools in rural communities.

Contact us

Griffith Sustainability Room -1.10F, Building N16, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD, 4111