ECU and SBL have been actively involved in developing and implementing strategies which have improved the university’s overall social and environmental footprint as well as increasing awareness of SDGS. Since 2008, ECU has been measuring its carbon footprint and has managed to reduce it by one third since then.
In its efforts to contribute to global responsibility, sustainability, and responsible leadership, SBL has been involved with several initiatives:
In July 2019, a collection box was placed in the SBL staff reception area for the collection of donations including food and household items. This initiative is still ongoing and on a monthly basis, the box is delivered to Wanneroo Urban Pantry to support those in need in the local community.
The SBL opened a Tax Clinic in August 2020. The Tax Clinic is pro bono making it the second of its kind in WA. It’s run on a mutually beneficial model where students are employed to gain experience as they provide tax advice to individuals often from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited access to tax agents. To date, the clinic has employed 11 students offering over 250 hours of service to more than 55 clients. This continues to foster social responsibility.
In alignment with SDGs 10 & 16, on 5th June 2020, the SBL knelt down in support of equality and Black Lives Matter. A movement that demonstrated against police brutality and institutional racism
News article: Black lives matter
Enactus is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring university students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. With the support of a Business Advisory Board (BAB) Enactus ECU team has provided students with a platform to partner with industry in finding solutions to sustainability challenges.
The team participated in the National Showcase in 2015 and 2017 taking the Runners-up position. In 2016, competed in the National Champions where they represented Australia in Enactus Work Cup in Canada. In 2018, they were National Semi-Finalists.
Enactus ECU has run some of the most successful projects in WA. They include:
In 2020, staff and students have planted 208 trees in Whiteman Park, Mundy Regional Park, Booyeembara Park, and ECU, to name a few. News article: Sustainability team introduced to combat carbon emissions and climate change.
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