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 defined by the implementation of UNSW's 2025 Strategy. Arguably, sustainability as a concept underpins the whole Plan, and we are excited to report on numerous initiatives that are establishing UNSW as a sustainability leader through excellence in research, outstanding education and our commitment to advancing a just society.

In 2016, we were also thrilled to ratify UNSW's Environmental Management Plan (EMP). By documenting our environmental objectives and targets, the EMP has established a platform for us to deliver on the aims of UNSW's Environmental Policy. This is a huge step forward for us to be able to monitor, report on and be accountable for our sustainability progress.

The sustainability report as a website

This is our fourth annual Sustainability Report for UNSW and has been published as a website in order to reduce printing and subsequent waste. Print-friendly PDF versions of both the current and previous reports can be downloaded below.

UNSW Sustainability
Report 2013

UNSW Sustainability
Report 2014

UNSW Sustainability
Report 2015

UNSW Sustainability
Report 2016

Fast facts


general waste diverted from landfill from October 2016

1.42 Tonnes




1,200 trees