Charles Sturt University ranks in the top 10 per cent for Climate Action in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings

At Charles Sturt, we can all be proud of the sustainability outcomes we have achieved.

Charles Sturt ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world for Partnerships for the goals, in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world for Climate Action, and in the top 10 per cent for 4 other goals.

The rankings assess more than 1,400 universities across the globe against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and ranks them in 17 categories across three areas – research, outreach and stewardship.

Charles Sturt’s Manager of Sustainability Mr Ed Maher said the improvement for the University from last year is an indication of Charles Sturt’s commitment to a sustainable and socially inclusive learning and work environment.

Mr Maher attributes the University’s top one per cent ranking in ‘Partnerships for the goals’ to the collaboration between Charles Sturt researchers and external stakeholders on numerous projects and University initiatives.

These include the ‘Assessing upstream fish migration measures in Lao’ research involving international collaborations, integrating sustainable practices as a key component in the University’s Graduate Learning Outcomes that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to be agents of positive change, and the development of the new Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management degree that is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Working with our stakeholders to produce solutions and then streamlining internally how we report on sustainability has earned us an impressive rank in this important category.”

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Highly Commended, Green Gown Awards 2020

2020 International Green Gown Award

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 receives 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".

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WINNER Continuous Improvement, Green Gown Awards 2019

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. October 2019.

Creating a World Worth Living In

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.

Sustainability Champion Award, 2018

Mr Ed Maher receiving his award

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.​

WINNER Green Globe Award, 2016

  • We are a signatory to the Talloires Declaration, an international commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education, signed by over 350 other universities around the world.
  • We use the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) index as a structured process designed especially for tertiary education institutions for evaluating current practices that support or impede good sustainability practices and developing plans in a collaborative manner via cross-organisational participation.
  • We are certified as the first Carbon Neutral university in Australia.
  • We are dedicated to future sustainability leaders through Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs)
  • We have been recognised as a leading national university in sustainability, and local leader in sustainability;
    • Winner 2016: Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability Green Gown Award (Carbon Reduction).
    • Winner 2016: NSW Environment and Heritage, Green Globe Award for climate change leadership.
    • Finalist 2016: Keep NSW Beautiful, Blue Star Sustainability Award Sustainable Systems.
    • Winner 2016: Wagga Wagga Business Chamber, Excellence in Sustainability Award.

2016 Golden Crow Award ED Maher and Paul Olsen Origin Energy