Driving Sustainability

We take a broad, interdisciplinary approach to sustainability

Western Sydney University's Securing Success 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (opens in a new window) places a student centred and research-led culture at the core of our next phase of development. Our impact driven research agenda has a focus on innovation, wellbeing and sustainability. We seek to embed sustainability principles in the delivery of our innovative teaching programs and to develop graduates that are active global citizens. We have also set out to practice what we teach and for 2020 have set environmental sustainability targets for our campus operations, procurement and teaching practices.

The Office of Sustainability is located in the Learning Futures Portfolio with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning Transformations) Professor Simon Barrie. This provides us with a renewed focus on Education for Sustainability (EfS) and curriculum transformation. The newly endorsed Learning Futures Plan 2016-2020 marks the next stage of an institutional conversation about teaching and learning.

Driving Sustainability: A Road Map to Success

We aim to incorporate a focus on sustainability in our CORE business activities – Curriculum, Operations, Research and Engagement.

Education for Sustainability

We have a deep commitment to our student experience and to preparing our graduates for success in an ever changing world. The international field of "Education for Sustainability" (EfS) has emerged in response to urgent requirements for critical global citizenship. EfS puts emphasis on the necessary interrelationships between theory and practice; local and global scales and present and future. EfS literacies have global citizenship component that requires a critical evaluation of environment and social justice issues.

Think Global, Act Local

Western Sydney University continues to be connected and engaged with our region. We have a wide range of programs and initiatives from school's outreach, work integrated learning placements and strong research partnerships that demonstrate this commitment. The University hosts one of four Australian Regional Centre's of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - RCE Greater Western Sydney (opens in a new window) (RCE-GWS). Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) are endorsed by the United Nations University. They bring together key educational, community, NGOs, government, business and council groups in a specific region to link and leverage sustainability outcomes.

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