New La Trobe sustainability report shows university leading the way to develop conscientious future leaders
The latest La Trobe University Sustainability report Impacting Futures has demonstrated improvements in some areas of the University's social, environmental and economic performance for 2013.
La Trobe University has been working to improve its sustainability as an organisation and is leading the way to educate students to be sustainably conscientious leaders of the future.
As part of La Trobe's strategic plan 'Future Ready', a 'Sustainability Thinking' component has been implemented in undergraduate courses to develop students' capacity to address some of our most pressing global challenges.
Professor Jane Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & VP (Academic), said it is important to educate students about sustainability as it is becoming an increasingly important concept in all areas of endeavour.
'It is our responsibility as a teaching institution to ensure our students are aware of sustainability challenges as they figure in the workplace socially, environmentally and economically, 'Professor Long said.
Robyn Harris, Director of Planning and Institutional Performance said since 2012, the University has improved in a number of areas, including reducing the number of single-occupant vehicle commuters to our campuses, reducing the amount of waste to landfill per person and paper use.
The University uses 39% less paper per person than four years ago. It has also reduced staff travel and is embracing digital and online technologies to deliver teaching and operations.
This shift can be seen in the huge uptake of video conferencing and lecture recording, as well as the extremely popular courses and podcasts we offer for free through iTunesU.
La Trobe has also increased the proportion of women in academic senior roles (Professors and Associate Professors), and exceeded its targets for staff engagement and new employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
'La Trobe has already exceeded our 2015 target from the Closing the Gap: 35 in 5 Indigenous Employment Strategy 2010-2015.'
'Our Indigenous Employment Coordinator has been working closely with areas across the University to identify these opportunities, placing 39 Indigenous Australian staff in roles between 2010 and the end of 2013.'
Ms Harris said while we met a number of our sustainability targets, we did not achieve targets for some environmental measures, the target for the number of women in senior professional roles or the target for Indigenous Australian student participation.
'While we have put effort into these areas to date, further effort is required. The strategies to be pursued in these areas, are outlined in the report.
'For the University as a whole, 2014 is going to be another year of building a stronger institution that is capable of carrying our great traditions into the future,' Ms Harris said.Read La Trobe's Sustainability report, Impacting Futures 2013 [PDF 5.2MB]