Charles Sturt ranked in the top 10 per cent of universities in the world for Climate Action, in the top 20 per cent for Clean Water and Sanitation, and in the top 25 per cent for Life on the Land and for Life Below Water.
The rankings assess more than 1,100 universities across the globe against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and ranks them in 17 categories across three areas – research, outreach and stewardship.
Manager, Sustainability at Charles Sturt, Mr Ed Maher said the University’s achievement in the environmental rankings reflected the impact of incorporating sustainability into all actions and practises across the University.
“Sustainability is a process that integrates environmental, social and economic considerations into decision making with the goal of creating a thriving and healthy society,” Mr Maher said.
“Charles Sturt has a long history of developing initiatives across our campuses that improve the quality of life for our communities without increasing the use of natural resources.
“We were Australia’s first certified carbon neutral university and have invested in carbon offset projects undertaken by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal rangers, and solar installations across our regional campuses save the equivalent carbon emissions as that generated by 1,032 homes.”
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Charles Sturt has received a highly commended placing in the ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year’ category at the 2020 International Green Gown Awards.
Charles Sturt University has received a highly commended placing in the ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year’ category at the 2020 International Green Gown Awards.
The awards recognise excellence in sustainability within the worldwide tertiary education sector and were hosted online for the first time by The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on Wednesday 8 July.
Charles Sturt was one of three Australasian finalists that qualified for the international awards and was the only Australasian finalist in the ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year’ category.
Nine other universities from across the globe were finalists for the category, which recognises universities that have demonstrated a sustained, whole-institution commitment and impact to becoming a sustainable organisation.
The winners of the category were the International Islamic University Malaysia (small institution) and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Peru (large institution), with Charles Sturt University, Universidad Tecmilenio, Mexico and University of Worcester, UK all receiving highly commended placings.
Charles Sturt University Provost Professor John Germov said to be a finalist for the international awards is an honour and recognises the University’s strong commitment to improving sustainability across both the institution and the tertiary education sector. "To have Charles Sturt University's sustainability efforts and accomplishments recognised on the international stage is an incredible honour" Professor Germov said "Receiving this highly commended placing recognises that Charles Sturt University is a global industry leader in sustainable practices and it is a testament to the dedication and efforts a large number of staff and students make to support sustainability across our entire institution"
Pictured: Meghan Fay Zahniser (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)), Stephen Willis (University of Otago) and Corey Peterson (ACTS president) awarding the 2019 Green Gown Award for Continuous Improvement (Australasia) to Charles Sturt University. Manager Sustainability at Charles Sturt Ed Maher, Michelle Wilkinson and Kym Witney Soanes from Sustainability at Charles Sturt accepting the award on behalf of the university at the Gala dinner, Lanarch Castle Dunedin, NZ, October 2019.
The university is automatically a finalist at the 2020 International Green Gown Awards.
When Charles Sturt University adopted the Learning in Future Environments Index in 2012, and embedded as a KPI in the university strategy, the path was set for an ongoing commitment towards best practice across the whole-institution. Headline achievements include: being the first certified carbon neutral tertiary institution; Graduate Learning Outcomes incorporating sustainable practices; our Research Narrative framed around ‘creating a world worth living in;’ establishing in one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar energy systems by 2019; and investing $996,000 in sustainability & research grants between 2009 and 2018. Charles Sturt has demonstrated improvement each year.
Congratulations to our Sustainability at Charles Sturt manager Mr Ed Maher was jointly awarded the 2018 Sustainability Champion Award for his work delivering environmental programs that led to Charles Sturt University becoming Australia's first certified carbon neutral university.
The Charles Sturt University programs included the roll-out at Charles Sturt University of one of Australia’s largest roof top solar systems, and a ‘War on Waste’ campaign that more than halved the number of disposable coffee cups used across on-campus cafes and has been rolled-out to cafes elsewhere.
Mr Maher said receiving the award was a great honour, particularly because the reputation of the award was synonymous for achieving good sustainable outcomes.
“The recognition reflects Charles Sturt University’s commitment to and importance placed on sustainability as being part of how it does business. The awards have been held since 2012, so they come with a level of prestige and recognition among business, industry, not-for-profit and government sectors,” Mr Maher said.
In winning the award Mr Maher and his team of five sustainability professionals and six student advisors were recognised for their efforts in guiding and implementing sustainable practice across the University community.
Among the other award winners was Charles Sturt University alumna Ms Anika Molesworth who received the Young Sustainability Champion Award for her advocacy and promotion of sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural communities.
The Green Globes are awarded by the NSW Office of Heritage and Environment at a ceremony held in Sydney on Thursday 4 October 2018.