Murdoch University signs up to UN’s sustainable development goals
Murdoch University has become the first university in Western Australia to become a signatory to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by UN member states in 2015 and aim to end extreme poverty, promote prosperity and well-being, protect the environment, address climate change, and encourage good governance, peace and security.
Murdoch Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen said Murdoch had signed the commitment because universities had a vital role to play in addressing these critical global challenges through education, research and in daily operations. "Through our research in internationally-recognised centres like the Harry Butler Institute, and training of research leaders, Murdoch is at the forefront of finding sustainable social, economic, environmental and technical solutions to global problems.”
Sustainability manager at the University, Leah Knapp explained that the Commitment would provide an additional driver for sustainable operations, such as reducing waste to landfill and plastic waste, reducing overall carbon emissions, protecting and enhancing campus biodiversity and supporting student welfare.
The University already has a fantastic reputation for sustainability, social justice, and environmental research. As well as offering programmes such as the Master of Sustainable Development and the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, in the last four years Murdoch has successfully reduced energy consumption across the campus by 26% with the installation of new energy saving technologies.
The University has also developed and implemented a policy to replace every felled tree on campus by planting three more, and works closely with volunteers to maintain the biodiversity on campus, including populations of quendas and black cockatoos.
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