Towards a greener CSU

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Sustainability Commitments at CSU

  • Maintaining our carbon neutrality status
  • Embedding sustainability practices into CSU using the LiFE program
  • Building our presence as a leader in sustainability
  • Providing a pathway for our sustainability leaders of the future

At CSU, sustainability is a key strategic priority area; encompassing course and campus needs, with the vision of continually improving our performance in the sustainability space.

CSU Green works toward the actions and outputs outlined in CSU's 2015–2016 Sub-Plan (Infrastructure Physical and Virtual), which is part of the broader University Strategy [pdf 481kb].

ACTIVITIES we do OUTPUTS we deliver OUTCOMES the difference we make
  1. Implement stage 1 at Wagga and Bathurst Campuses
  2. Expand scope to stage 2 facilities at Bathurst Campus
OP3.1 Implement Energy Performance Contract OC3 Improved performance in sustainability
  1. Establish large scale PV project at Wagga Wagga
  2. Identify other opportunities including external funding.
  3. Secure investment and run initiatives
OP3.2 Expansion of on-campus embedded energy generation capacity
  1. Implement improvement initiatives against the LiFE priority areas through a process involving organisation-wide participation and decentralized assignment of responsibilities. The LiFE priority areas are defined as:
    • Leadership and Governance
    • Learning, Teaching and Research
    • Partnership and Engagement
    • Campus Operations
OP3.3 Holistic integration of sustainability principles across curricolum, research and operating practices
  1. Progress against OP3.1; OP3.2; and OP3.3 above
  2. Identify other opportunities, e.g. purchasing offsets, other
  3. Take action.
OP3.4 Improved carbon footprint

Talloires Declaration

As a signatory to the Talloires Declaration since 2007, we are part of an international commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education.

Through this Declaration – signed by over 350 universities around the world – CSU has committed to take the following actions [pdf 74kb] for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations and outreach:

  1. Increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development
  2. Create an institutional culture of sustainability
  3. Educate for environmentally responsible citizenship
  4. Foster environmental literacy for all
  5. Practice institutional ecology
  6. Involve all stakeholders
  7. Collaborate for interdisciplinary approaches
  8. Enhance capacity for primary and secondary schools
  9. Broaden service and outreach nationally and internationally
  10. Maintain the movement