Griffith's Sustainability Week, 31 August - 4 September 2020
This year, Sustainability Week provided staff and students with online opportunities and resources to learn more about our sustainability achievements and plans.
31 August – 4 September 2020Towards 2025: Meeting Griffith’s Green Goals Webinar Series
Griffith’s environmental sustainability strategies and our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were outlined through a series of webinars as part of 2020s Sustainability Week, 31 August – 4 September.
The Vice Chancellor and President, along with our expert panelists outlined the environmental challenges and opportunities facing us, then investigated the critical issues with three topical webinars held throughout the week focusing on: reducing our carbon footprint, protecting our diverse environment, and Griffith’s 2021 submission to the United Nations’ Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
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Monday, 31 August, 10.30 am – 11.30 am AEST
Towards 2025: Meeting Griffith's Green Goals
Sustainability Week kicked-off with an introduction to Griffith’s environmental sustainability strategic goals outlined in Creating a future for all: Strategic Plan 2020-2025. In this webinar, expertly moderated by University Librarian, Ms Maureen Sullivan, Griffith’s Vice Chancellor & President, Professor Carolyn Evans, accompanied by the Co-chairs of the University’s Sustainability Sub Committee and Working Groups, outlines the action plans already underway to meet Griffith’s strategic ‘Green Goals’ by 2025.
- Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor & President, Griffith University
- Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon and Co-chair, Sustainability Sub Committee
- Mr Peter Bryant, Chief Operating Officer and Co-chair, Sustainability Sub Committee
- Dr Rob Hales, Director: Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise and Co-chair, UNSDG Ranking Working Group
- Professor Tim Ryley, Head of Griffith Aviation and Chair, Air Travel Emissions Reduction Working Group
- Professor Catherine Pickering, School of Environmentand Science and Environment Futures Research Institute and Co-chair, Ecological Protection of Campus Biodiversity Working Group
Moderated by: Ms Maureen Sullivan, University Librarian
Tuesday, 1 September, 10.30 am – 11.30 am AEST
Towards 2025: Working with the SDGs
Recently named as Australia’s and Oceania’s only UN Millennium Fellows Campus, Griffith plays an important role in supporting and contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what are the SDGs, why are they important, and what role do universities play in their implementation and promotion? Professor Mario Pinto explores the UN SDGs and explains how they are a key part of Griffith’s sustainability strategy.
Wednesday, 2 September, 10.30 am – 11.30 am AEST
Towards 2025: Reducing carbon emissions from aviation
What will lectures and conferences look like in the near future? What challenges does Griffith face to reduce air travel emissions and how can we overcome them to meet our target of 25% reduction in air travel by 2025? Professor Tim Ryley, Head of Griffith Aviation, outlines how we can halve our carbon emissions by 2030 and meet our Green travel goals, and how you can help meet these important targets.
Friday, 4 September, 10.30 am – 11.30 am AEST
Towards 2025: Protecting our diverse campus ecosystems
Griffith students and staff are lucky to enjoy some incredibly diverse ecologies on our campuses. Professor Catherine Pickering from Griffith’s School of Environment and Science, Associate Professor Samantha Capon, Director of the Sciences Partnership Office, along with other members of the Campus Biodiversity and Conservation Working Group explain these diverse ecosystems on our campuses and the steps we’re taking to protect them for future generations.