Programs and initiatives

Swinburne University of Technology sustainability covenant


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:

  1. Learning and teaching for sustainability
  2. Research for sustainability
  3. Engaging with industry and community for sustainability
  4. 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.

Page last updated on 7 Jul 2012