Issue 5
Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
The future is in our hands. Image: iStock
The future is in our hands. Image: iStock

VC to launch sustainability initiatives

The university’s sustainability plan will be launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks on Monday 8 July after being postphoned due to unforseen circumstances.

The “Sustainability @ CDU” initiatives will champion the three pillars of sustainability – environment, society and economy – and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“By 2025 Charles Darwin University will achieve local, regional and international recognition as a true champion of sustainability,” Professor Maddocks said. 

“At a time in human history when it is now evident that humans are having a collective impact on the world’s environment that is detrimentally affecting our land, our oceans and our climate, it is imperative that we all consider our actions and our resource use and work out ways to minimise our impact on the environment.”

The university is committed to examining all aspects of operations to identify where and how changes can be made to minimise impact on the environment; empowering staff and students to contribute to a sustainable future; and engaging with local, regional and international communities and organisations around sustainability initiatives.

“Our institutional values, as outlined in our Connect Discover Grow strategic plan, are for collective effort, social justice, sustainability and creativity,” Professor Maddocks said.

As a member of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, CDU supports the principles of the Talloires Declaration – a statement by more than 350 international universities committed to environmental sustainability in higher education through a 10-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.