Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar received the Leadership award under the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) 2016 Green Gown Awards Australasia.
Professor Dewar said he was thrilled to win a Green Gown Award, which recognise tertiary institutions for their sustainability actions and initiatives.
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of everyone at La Trobe. The University’s success in developing and implementing sustainable initiatives across so many of our activities is the result of the hard work and dedication of numerous staff,” Professor Dewar said.
“In particular, our team in the Environmental Sustainability Unit share this award with me and should be very proud that La Trobe has received this leadership award. We are also proud that La Trobe students played such a major role in driving our decision to divest from fossil fuels held in our managed funds, a decision which was also strongly supported by our governing Council.
“Universities have a responsibility to take leadership on the issues that matter, as we are specially placed to influence public opinion and educate the community. La Trobe is proud to make sustainable thinking a part of its teaching and research programs, and to lead by example in making changes to its practices so that we can operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.”
La Trobe has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through a number of initiatives, including:
- Committed to replacing 30% of the University’s fleet vehicles with GoGet car sharing vehicles for use by staff, students and the local community.
- Successfully lobbied the Victorian government for a dedicated express bus between Reservoir train station and the Melbourne campus.
- Committed to fully divest from fossil-fuel related company investments over the next five years.
The ACTS said Professor Dewar had shown extraordinary leadership to sustainability in all aspects of teaching, learning, research and operations at La Trobe.
Fore more information on La Trobe’s sustainability initiatives visit: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/sustainability
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