Environmental sustainability is a guiding principle in UNSW's 2025 Strategic Plan and it is our commitment to continuously improve our environmental performance across all areas of the University – from the way we construct our buildings, dispose of our waste, make purchasing decisions and use our resources, to how we measure our performance.

Ratified in 2016, UNSW's Environmental Management Plan (EMP) outlines the University's sustainability objectives, targets, indicators, strategies and actions that will guide our environmental planning and management to 2018 and beyond. The EMP also guides reporting in this section of the Sustainability Report.