Towards a greener CSU

CSU Green is the University’s program and business area dedicated to driving forward CSU’s commitment to creating a sustainable future for all.

Sustainability is a core institutional policy objective. It has relevance to each of the Focus Areas under our current University Strategy 2022.The University Strategy has Key Performance Measures and the measure for Sustainability across the university is to achieve an annual improvement within the LiFE framework of 5% annual progress towards best practice.

CSU Green manages communication and coordination of the sustainability efforts across the CSU campuses, including monitoring the University's sustainability efforts and promoting and initiating engaging and exciting sustainability activities. These activities include:

  • In 2007 CSU became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration.
  • Since 2013, CSU has adopted the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) index as the framework for benchmarking, evaluating and identifying areas for improvement to shape CSU’s sustainability action plan.
  • CSU has subscribed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and at a National level CSU is an active member of Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).
  • The Sustainable Practices Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) has been developed to embed sustainable practices as a standard across graduating students from any discipline so that graduates can "Demonstrate attitudes and implement actions that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment"
  • CSU's Research Narrative is based on the principles of ‘Yindyamarra Winhanganha’ is a Wiradjuri phrase meaning, ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’. The narrative is heavily focused on supporting all aspects of sustainability including sustainable environments, flourishing communities and resilient people that all intersect to create "a world worth living in"

These programs inform CSU’s sustainability practice and provides the framework to measure the outputs of the University’s sustainability activities.

Strive to achieve outcomes and celebrate success

The university is committed to achieving the sustainability outcomes set out in the University Strategy and LiFE framework.  Achievements and successes are celebrated across CSU and we can all be proud of the outcomes achieved over the past 10 years!  The achievements page highlights these and recognises the university's commitment to the ongoing improvement of sustainable practices across every area of university life.

In 2016, CSU become Australia’s first certified carbon neutral University.  The public disclosure summaries detail annual carbon neutral certification of Charles Sturt University

CSU is Australia's firts carbon neutral university banner showing where emissions are generated and how they are reduced or offset