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Environmental Sustainability Policy (Australia only)

Purpose

This policy demonstrates Monash University's commitment to the support of environmental sustainability in accordance with environmental legislation and principles.

Scope

Staff employed by the University in Australia
Students enrolled at the University in Australia
Contractors engaged by the University in Australia
Monash College Pty Ltd

Policy Statement

Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education that is framed by a commitment to social justice, human rights, sustainable progress and enduring well-being.

Monash University respects our relationship with the natural environment and its life-sustaining ecosystems and recognises the need to maintain and restore a rich biodiversity. The University acknowledges the adverse impacts that human activity can impose and takes actions to prevent degradation of our natural systems, while supporting the repair and recovery of those systems.

The University, in support of its commitment to the Talloires Declaration, strives to lead the national and international community in the innovation and practice toward a sustainable environment by:

  • continuously researching and integrating best practice into University activities;
  • setting, communicating and achieving leading environmental objectives and targets for all aspects of the University to continue to reduce natural resource use and to minimise and prevent adverse environmental impacts;
  • incorporating environmental sustainability principles, awareness and understanding into teaching, research, consultancy and community engagement;
  • establishing practices that meet or exceed relevant environmental legislation and adhering to agreements and standards at local, national and international levels; and
  • integrating principles of ecologically sustainable development into all institutional activities.

Monash University recognises its responsibility to practice and promote behaviours that support activities which contribute to environmental sustainability within the local, national and international community.

Supporting procedures

Environmental Sustainability Procedures (Australia only)

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

Heads of academic/administrative units
Chief Executive Officer, Monash College Pty Ltd
Staff and students with environmental responsibilities
Supervisors and managers
Staff
Students
Facilities and Services
Senior Management Team (Property)
Monash Sustainability Institute

Status

Revised

Key Stakeholders

Heads of academic/administrative units
Chief Executive Officer, Monash College Pty Ltd
Staff and students with environmental responsibilities
Staff
Students
Facilities and Services
Senior Management Team (Property)
Monash Sustainability Institute
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President

Approval body

Name: Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President (Administration)
Meeting: na
Date: 26-March-2014
Agenda item: na

Endorsement body

Name: Executive Director, Facilities and Services
Meeting: na
Date: 26-March-2014
Agenda item: na

Name: Senior Management Team (Environment)
Meeting: 3/2012
Date: 29-August-2012
Agenda item: 5.4

Definitions

Talloires Declaration: The Talloires Declaration is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. Monash University declared its commitment to the Declaration by signing in 2007.

Related legislation

Clean Energy Act 2011 (Comm)
Clean Energy Regulations 2011 (Comm)
Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 (Comm)
Energy Efficiency Opportunities Regulations 2006 (Comm)
Environment Protection Act 1970 (Vic)
Environment Protection (Prescribed Waste) Regulations 1998 (Vic)
Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Comm)
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (Comm)
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (Comm)
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (Comm)
Water Act 1989 (Vic)
Water (Resource Management) Amendment Regulations 2012 (Vic)

Related policies

Related documents

http://www.fsd.monash.edu.au/environmental-sustainability

Date Effective

26-March-2014

Review Date

26-March-2017

Owner

Director, OHS and Environment, Facilities and Services Division

Author

Environmental Sustainability, Facilities and Services Division

Content Enquiries

 environment@monash.edu

University Policy Use

Version Number: 2.0

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