We are committed to embedding sustainability into all that we do
Our campuses have unique ecological and built environment features and embedding the Sustainable Development Goals into organisational practice and culture is fundamental to our success as a sustainable university.
The University’s Strategic Plan embraces our commitment to environmental sustainability by implementing energy efficient buildings, using clean energy generated onsite and purchased, policies for positive behavioural change, investing in electric vehicles and supporting sustainable transport, managing our forest ecosystem carbon, and maintaining effective water and waste management practices.
Griffith University’s campuses at Nathan and Mt Gravatt are situated in Toohey Forest and are home to species of rare flora and fauna. The Campus Biodiversity and Conservation Working Group, as part of the Sustainability Sub Committee, is responsible for long term plans and strategies for the protection and stewardship of our forest ecosystems, which are important carbon sinks and stocks. Our commitment to protecting our diverse campus ecosystems aligns with UN SDG 13, Climate Action, and SDG 15, Life on Land.
Griffith University applies environmentally sustainable design to all new buildings and refurbishments. Our buildings include the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre on the Nathan campus, a 6 star green star building powered by solar and hydrogen technologies, and the Gold Coast campus Multistorey carpark that features a 100kW solar array and a 10kW wind turbine. These and other infrastructure initiatives align with UN SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Carbon and energy
Griffith’s carbon goal is to halve our emissions against a 2010 baseline and achieve net zero emissions by 2050 using three main strategies: · Avoiding emissions · Reducing emissions · Generating and purchasing clean energy. The Sustainability Sub Committee is responsible for overseeing the plans and policies to achieve these goals in line with UN SDG 13, Climate Action; SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy; and SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.
Recycling and waste
Our focus is on reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill. Our recycling options and 'no bin' initiative focus on waste minimisation strategies, aligned with SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.
Sustainable procurement reduces waste and benefits the environment. Our sustainable procurement strategies and policies are aligned with UN SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. The University integrates sustainability considerations into the procurement of goods, services and construction. Undertaking sustainable procurement contributes to sustainable development and environmental protection.
Griffith University encourages its staff and students to use sustainable transport. The University’s Sustainable Transport Strategy aims to increase the proportion of travel that is made by sustainable modes of transportation in alignment with UN SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Food and catering services
Griffith Food supports companies with sustainable practices and is part of the TAG buying group, which ranks companies in relation to their sustainable practices. Our practices align with UN SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.
Griffith University’s comprehensive water-saving program uses design guidelines and engineering best practice approaches to deliver water efficient buildings and major refurbishments in line with UN SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. Water bubblers and Water dispenser stations are located on all campuses and encourage the use of personal water bottles, rather than the purchase of single-use plastic water bottles.
Information technology plays a major role at Griffith in supporting sustainability practices and reducing our carbon footprint through online technologies and energy efficiency.
Health and Wellbeing
Griffith's Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategies support UN SDG 3, Good Health and Wellbeing; providing staff and students with access to information and resources for a healthy lifestyle, healthy communities, healthy minds, and healthy places.