Historical references listed up to 1996 have been sourced from Preparing for the future A History of Griffith University 1971-1996.
- The University’s first master plan for Nathan campus conserves trees and limits building heights.
Griffith opens its doors at Nathan in 1975 to 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science.
Griffith establishes Australia’s first School of Australian Environmental Studies
Professor Calvin Rose joins the School of Australian Environmental Studies as its foundation Chairman. Through his work in the CSIRO and in overseas academic posts, particularly in the United States, Prof. Rose anticipates a need for academically trained graduates in environmental areas.
- Dr Des Connell replaces Professor Calvin Rose at Australian Environmental Studies
Professor Ian Lowe joins the School of Science in an effort to provide relevant courses for the next century.
Prof. Lowe heightens public awareness of issues involving the environment, society and the future. He is appointed Director of the Commission for the Future in 1988. He subsequently chairs the Queensland Conservation Council for three years and later the Commonwealth State of the Environment Council.
- Griffith establishes the Centre for Catchment and in-Stream Research – the forerunner to the well-recognised Australian Rivers Institute in 2006.
The Graduate School of Environmental Science and Engineering opens to students. AES becomes the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. Griffith's Master of Environmental Education degree is an Australian first.
As the preferred site for Griffith University, maintaining the environmental integrity of the campus at Nathan is a high priority. The 225 hectares at Nathan and Mt Gravatt contain species of rare flora and fauna. The 26-hectare Gold Coast campus, although not as botanically significant, contains bushland areas with distinctive flora and fauna. Fifty-four hectares are allocated to build a new campus at Logan. Nathan hosts the very rare Eucalyptus Baileyana and Eucalyptus Planchoniana and some Eucalyptus Baileyana also inhabit the Mt Gravatt Campus. Other rare plants include the Xanthorrhoea (Grass Tree) which is profuse on the campuses. Native wildlife includes 73 species of native birds, arboreal mammals such as sugar squirrels, greater gliders and possums, reptiles and insects as well as 60 species of butterfly sharing the spaces with resident students.
- Griffith becomes involved in the SEQ Healthy Waterways Program and for more than a decade plays a major role in development of the region's Report Card, and more recently, the Healthy Country program. The University is recognised through several Healthy Waterways Science awards.
- Griffith EcoCentre opens its community education centre. A unique partnership exists between Griffith University and Education Queensland through the Toohey Forest Environmental Education Centre. The TFEEC is based within the EcoCentre with a mission to develop and support environmental education through specialist programs for students, teachers and schools.
- Griffith University and Dell Australia run Queensland’s first e-waste collection day.
Griffith wins the right to host the Australian Government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.
Griffith hosts the Smart Water Research Centre, a $14 million state-of-the-art research facility funded by the Queensland State Government in partnership with Gold Coast City Council and Griffith.
Griffith becomes involved with the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge program. Established in 2007, TRaCK is a consortium led by Charles Darwin University, the University of Western Australia, Griffith University, North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance and CSIRO. TRaCK brings together more than 70 of Australia‘s leading researchers from social, cultural, environmental and economic disciplines. TRaCK’s research looks beyond the river banks, to the floodplains, estuaries and coastline to capture the “whole river picture”. Learn more about TRaCK
The University establishes the Griffith Environmental Loan Fund. To date, more than $1 million has been allocated to projects that reduce the University's impact on the environment.
The Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise launches on 26 May. APCSE informs and assists the development of sustainable enterprise through innovative research, teaching and engagement activities. The Centre is a highly collaborative entity with strong national and international connections to industry, academe, government and non government organisations.
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.
Griffith wins the Australasian Campus Union Manager Association Award for Excellence for Best Student Development Program. Griffith University Colleges at the Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses conducted a 10-week Campus Carbon Challenge, reducing their carbon emissions by about 80,000kg.
Griffith is appointed as the Australia and New Zealand sub-regional secretariat of a United Nations global partnership on waste management. The International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services to Local Authorities aims to develop public-private partnerships to tackle community waste problems. Project leader: Dr Sunil Herat from the Griffith School of Engineering.
Winner: ACUMA Incorporated Awards for Excellence in Campus Service - Best Student Development Program
Highly commended: Green Gown Awards Australasia 2011 - Student Initiatives and Campaigns
The University launches a car pooling system for staff and students.
Griffith formalises its Sustainability Policy on 3 October.
Construction of Griffith University’s Sir Samuel Griffith Centre commenced.
Griffith University Sustainability Plan 2013-2015 was approved on 5 December 2012.
Finalist in the Queensland Premier's Sustainability Awards 2012 - Leadership category.
'To be a sustainable university' is one of the five key goals in Griffith's Strategic Plan 2013-2017.
The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre was completed in June 2013. The 6 Star Green Star building is Australia’s first teaching and research building driven by solar powered hydrogen energy
Winner - Green Gown Awards Australasia 2013 - Learning and Teaching category for Griffith's MBA
Highly Commended - Green Gown Awards Australasia 2013 - Continuous Improvement - Institutional Change category
- Griffith's inaugural Sustainability Week, held 7-11 April 2014 heightened the profile of sustainability across the University's five campuses.
Light Rail services commenced on the Gold Coast Campus in mid 2014, helping to meet public transport needs for staff and students.
Winner - Tertiary Access Group (TAG) - TAG Member Award - Sustainable Procurement.
Highly Commended - TAG Member Award - CSR initiative.
Highly Commended - Green Gown Awards Australasia 2014 - Facilities and Services category for Griffith's Growing at Griffith initiative.
Winner: Tertiary Access Group Business Leadership Award 2015 (Closed Loop systems)
Winner: Logan Eco Awards - Sustainable School Award.
Griffith's MBA was ranked inside Australia's top five in the 2015 Financial Review BOSS Magazine MBA survey. The MBA program is set apart from others because of our three core values: responsible leadership, sustainable business practice and global orientation with an Asia-Pacific focus.
A new on-line Sustainability Hub for learning and teaching provides 440 up-to-date teaching and learning resources for staff and students in all disciplines.