Impacting Futures - 2013 Sustainability Report

In April 2014, La Trobe University released its fourth sustainability report, Impacting Futures [PDF 5.2MB]. The report updates stakeholders on the University's progress on sustainability since our previous sustainability reports, as well as reporting against our plans and targets from our 2013-2017 Sustainability Plan (released in October 2013).  Impacting Futures continues to report the University's sustainability vision, targets and accountability, and outline our commitment to embedding sustainability across La Trobe.

This report utilises AA1000 Principles and the G3.1 guidelines published by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). La Trobe has reported to a GRI A+ Application Level and engaged Ernst & Young to provide limited assurance in line with the Accountability AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008) and ASAE3000 again for this report.

Impacting Futures has been published primarily as an electronic document, please download to read. If you have any questions, please email

Sustainability targets and results

We have made some progress with our targets, with about half met. Our progress is outlined in the table below, with more information available on page 5 of Impacting Futures [PDF 5.2MB].


Result20102011201220132013 targetMet?
Facility greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2-e/GFA) 0.15 0.15Yes
Staff business travel greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2-e/FTE)2.452.602.07 2.26 2.01No
Energy consumption (GJ/m2 of GFA)0.991.010.89 0.92 0.89No
Commuting (%) by car, single occupant (staff and students)46%50%49% 45% 45%No
Water use (kilolitres per EFTPL)8.729.338.16 8.89 8.20No
General waste to landfill (kilograms per EFTPL)34.5436.0438.14 37.42 31.09No
Recycling (as % of combined recycling and landfill waste)28.0%25.0%24.6% 19.4% 30.8%No
Paper use (reams per EFTPL)3.192.592.25 1.93 2.23Yes

Social – students

Result20102011201220132013 targetMet?
Low socioeconomic status student participation rate16.5%17.3%17.99%18.10%18%Yes
Indigenous Australian student participation rate0.53%0.63%0.65%0.55%0.7%No

Social – staff

Result20102011201220132013 targetMet?
Female academic staff at Professor level37%33%36%40%38%Yes
Female academic staff at Associate Professor level34%39%38%39%38%Yes
Senior female professional staff (HEO 10 and above)40%39%37%41%42%No
New employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians (cumulative)818253925Yes
 Staff engagement - intention to stay72%--75%73%Yes

Additional data

Additional data and information supporting our 2013 sustainability report.

GRI Index

The full GRI index for Impacting Futures, our 2013 Sustainability Report.