As one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, UNSW recognises the vital role the university sector has in driving the change to sustainability as well as the urgency with which this change must take place.

This year the University’s approach to sustainability was embodied in UNSW’s 2015-2025 strategy which outlines an innovative, ambitious and altruistic agenda for the future. Arguably, sustainability as a concept underpins the whole strategy, but specifically (and excitingly) the strategy ushers in a series of focused initiatives that will establish UNSW as a global sustainability leader.

There is the ‘Grand Challenges’ program which will systematically identify, explore and address the major challenges facing society (including climate change, refugees, migrants and equality). There is the ‘Just Society’ program which places huge emphasis on promoting equity, diversity and inclusion with the University itself. And there is the ‘Global Impact’ program with its initiatives to improve lives within disadvantaged and marginalised communities across the world.

This year has definitely marked a positive shift in the direction of the University and it will be interesting to see how these changes are reflected in this report over the next 10 years.

Fast facts


general waste diverted from landfill from October 2015

1.45 Tonnes




1,200 trees