La Trobe releases sustainability report

La Trobe releases sustainability report

06 Apr 2011

Responsible FuturesLa Trobe University has today released the world’s first externally assured sustainability report on a university’s activities that strictly follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines.

‘The report, Responsible Futures, outlines La Trobe’s social, environmental and economic footprint for the year 2010 and provides an honest and transparent appraisal of the impact the University has on its community and environment,’ says Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams.

‘Responsible Futures explains not only where we are doing well but more importantly describes the areas where we need to improve. For example, the report highlights that energy efficiency and the number of woman in senior executive roles are issues the University needs to focus on and sets targets to reach in the coming years.’

Responsible Futures builds on the University’s ‘Vision 2015’ strategic plan, which has to ‘operate sustainably and ethically,’ as one of its four main pillars.

 ‘We are in the business of creating the next generation of leaders and the release of Responsible Futures report will help us  develop an engaged culture of responsible leadership amongst our students,’ says Professor Adams.

The report indicates many of the challenges La Trobe is facing on the journey to become a more sustainable institution.

‘The geographic location of Australian Universities means that staff air travel is a significant component of our greenhouse gas emissions. The report shows us the amount of travel our staff undertake annually; and as a result we have developed a sustainable travel policy and started a communication and behaviour change program to help create awareness of issues such as this amongst our staff,’ said Professor Adams.

Responsible Futures is available for download at or to request a hard copy please email

For more information or to request and interview please contact:

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams
E:  M: 0417 026 263




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