On 10 October 2005, Swinburne University of Technology and EPA Victoria signed a sustainability covenant. This sustainability covenant will help Swinburne move to being more sustainable with support from EPA.
This agreement aims to:
- reduce the ecological impact of Swinburne University's operations, and
- increase the efficiency of resources used.
Swinburne University will focus on being more sustainable across four areas of the business:
- Learning and teaching for sustainability
- Research for sustainability
- Engaging with industry and community for sustainability
- A workplace for sustainability.
Some of the initiatives committed to include:
- incorporate sustainability into course material and training packages by establishing pilot projects for both the Higher Education Divisions and the TAFE Division
- encourage the 'greening' of apprenticeships and traineeship programs, for example:
- focusing on sustainability in horticulture programs
- promote life cycle thinking
- encourage academic staff and students to undertake and publish research for sustainability
- identify additional training, research and consulting services that Swinburne can provide to industry and community
- incorporate minimum sustainability criteria into supplier and business contracts
- prepare a sustainability report by 2008:
- develop improved measurement systems and key performance indicators as a first priority.
This sustainability covenant will operate for three years and yearly reports will be available on the websites of both EPA Victoria and Swinburne University.
Swinburne University is a dual sector university and is one of a few Australian universities whose responsibilities span the range of programs from apprenticeships to PhDs.
Swinburne maintains a strong technology base and important links with industry, along with a number of innovative specialist research centres like the National Centre for Sustainability.