The Sustainability Charter is an enduring document, which defines our principles, values and high-level commitments for each of our activity areas. The development of the Sustainability Charter was highlighted in Growing Esteem, the University of Melbourne's five-year strategy governing teaching and learning, research and engagement.
Consultation for the Charter spanned ten weeks from October to December 2015 with the University receiving over 200 submissions. Two events were held: a consultation on campus and a public forum featuring Professor Ross Garnaut, Chief Financial Officer Alan Tait, State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell, UMSU Representative Anisa Roger and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute Roger Dargerville.
Consultation also included discussions with 11 various University committees and the University was also fortunate to have the Graduate Student Association (GSA) & Fossil Free Melbourne University (FFMU) run their own successful consultation events. A guide on how the charter was developed is available as is the rationale behind its development.
The Sustainability Charter celebrates the dedication of the University of Melbourne community to upholding its social responsibility to lead public debate and action towards a sustainable future.
The Sustainability Charter also provides the principles and values that inform tangible commitments outlined in the Sustainability Plan.