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ECU Vice-Chancellor advocates a focus on sustainability

Wednesday, 02 April 2008


Sustainability and environmentally friendly practices should be at the forefront of consideration for universities, according to Edith Cowan University (ECU) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

A keynote speaker (by video-link) at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Skills for Sustainability conference in the United Kingdom, Professor Cox emphasised the importance of an increased focus on sustainability.

"Sustainable business practices are an investment in our future, and it is crucial that large organisations, including universities, are continually evolving their environmental strategies and actions" he said.

A long-standing environmental advocate, Professor Cox indicated that sustainability was gaining more traction on the national agenda, and that he is optimistic about future developments in sustainability practices into the future.

"While past movement in the sustainability area has been at the speed of a run-away glacier, a ground-swell is forming in Australia, and things are about to 'hot-up'!" he told the Skills for Sustainability conference delegates.

ECU is committed to sustainable business practices and over the last three years has implemented a number of environmentally friendly and sustainable policies and procedures to ensure the University is doing its part for the environment.

Successful changes ECU has made include common initiatives such as installing motion sensor lights and introducing recycled paper, as well as newer programs such as carbon offsetting the University's vehicle fleet through tree planting, developing a flora and fauna plan for campuses and developing focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly catering and event practices.

More information about sustainability at ECU can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au/fas/EcoECU/news.

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