La Trobe signs UN declaration

La Trobe University has today reaffirmed its responsibility to sustainable development by signing the 'Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions' to be formerly ratified at the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio Di Janeiro in June.

Simpsons LawnThe 2012 declaration celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the Rio Declaration of Environment and Development and recognises that higher education institutions have an important role to play in the pursuit of sustainable development through teaching and research activities, greening campuses, supporting communities in sustainable development, and engaging with international networks.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar signed the commitment on behalf of the University said:

'We will continue to pursue social, environmental and economic sustainability in line with the Declaration and our own intrinsic values. By embedding sustainability in everything we do, the University will continue to have a positive and progressive influence on improving understanding of routes to sustainable development.'

La Trobe is committed to supporting students and staff, and the wider community, in acquiring the values, competencies, skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to the building of a sustainable society in line with the requirements of the Declaration.

'The University has already committed itself to the United Nations Global Compact Principles and the Talloires Declaration and adding the Declaration to the list shows the belief we have in the power of education and research to be transformative and help to enrich the lives of our communities,' said Professor Dewar.

View the declaration online on the Rio+20 website.

For more information on La Trobe sustainability initiatives please visit our sustainability website.