Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.39
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date July 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The University of Tasmania Sustainability Committee plays a key role in enabling the achievement of the University’s sustainability objectives through the University of Tasmania Strategic Framework for Sustainability. The Committee will perform this role through:
1. Providing high-level direction and advice on environmental, social and economic sustainability across the University, including assessing and developing advice on matters of policy, strategy and planning to achieve sustainable outcomes for the University and broader community, including in relation to:
- facilities and operations
- learning, teaching and research
- partnerships and engagement
- leadership and governance
2. Reviewing and monitoring progress against the objectives and goals of the University of Tasmania Strategic Framework for Sustainability and providing guidance on further actions and initiatives to achieve these objectives
3.Promoting a culture of continuous improvement in sustainability through identification and sharing of actions and initiatives that embed sustainability principles and deliver positive outcomes across Colleges and Divisions

The Sustainability Committee will consult with the relevant academic and research committees on sustainability initiatives that affect curriculum and research. The Sustainability Committee will also advise Colleges and Divisions across the University on internal sustainability matters and initiatives.
The Executive Sponsor of the Sustainability Committee is the Chief Operating Officer, who will notify the University Executive team of key initiatives (and forward to the University Council committees, including the Built Environment and Infrastructure Committee, as appropriate)


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Culture and Wellbeing (Chair)
Sustainability Manager or representative (Deputy Chair)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) or delegate
Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Arts, Law and Education
Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Business and Economics
Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Health and Medicine
Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Science and Engineering
Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - University College
Chief Financial Officer or delegate
Executive Director, Human Resources or delegate
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs or delegate
Executive Director, Infrastructure Services and Development or delegate
Education for Sustainability Community of Practice representative
Riawunna representative
Tasmania University Union - 2 representatives


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The University of Tasmania Sustainability Team sits within the Infrastructure Services and Development section in the Division of the Chief Operating Officer.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Sustainability manager: Corey Peterson Sustainability Officer: Carmen Primo Perez Sustainability Officer: Catherine Elliott Sustainability Projects Officer: William Plaister Sustainability Projects Officer: Varunjani Jayaseelan

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Both the Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Office operate at univeristy level.
Some substantive initiatives and accomplishments in the last three years (2017-2019) include:
- Achievement of carbon neutral certification under the Commonwealth Climate Active Carbon Neutral Program (previously known as National Carbon Offset Standard) since 2016
- Development and implementation of the University's Sustainable Transport Strategy 2017-2021
- Development and implementation of the Energy Strategic Plan 2018-2022
- Development of the University's Strategic Framework for Sustainability
- Achievement of a 6 Green Star rating (Green Building Council of Australia) for the NRAS Inveresk Apartments building. Three other buildings (The Hedberg, West Park Campus and NRAS Hobart Apartments) are also registered for Green Star rating
- Continuous growth and improvement of the Re-use Program for University's furniture
- Continuous commitment to sustainable ICT (e.g., video communications improvements, new procurement and contracting arrangements, policy governing computer lifecycle and disposal, implementation of online Shared Services forms and approvals solution and deployment of a new on-site Managed Print Service)
- Participation and leadership of the United Nations recognised Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (EfS Tasmania)
- Implementation of the Green Impact program for staff engagement
- Continuous growth and improvement of the award-wining Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS)


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Sustainability Manager will be accountable for senior leadership in the development, implementation, promotion and management of institution-wide sustainability policies, strategies, plans, programs and initiatives. Specifically, the position will oversee the provision of efficient and effective sustainability management programs for the University. The position is required to take a whole of institution perspective and a focus on continuous improvement in all activities.
The role also is a key contributor of the University’s Sustainability Committee providing expert advice and direction on all sustainability matters. The Sustainability Committee has a reporting and advisory role through to the University’s Senior Management Team. The role also works directly with academics and professional staff at all levels to deliver active learning and research opportunities to students and academic staff while delivering operational sustainability outcomes. The Sustainability Manager independently sources grant funding from various sources to assist in supporting initiatives.
The position also plays a key role in external community partnership and engagement activities through contract management, external stakeholder engagement, participation in local and state government working groups.
The incumbent will provide strong leadership to the Sustainability team and will take a proactive role in determining, developing and delivering sustainability initiatives for the University; engage with University communities including staff and student research and learning activities; engage with outside agencies in a high level capacity; establish and review policies, procedures, processes and programmes; recognise regulatory and legislative obligations and ensure compliance; undertake risk assessments and scenario planning; implement awareness raising and training programmes; and guide and apply sustainability principles as identified in University policies, plans, and strategies.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Officer

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Reporting to the Sustainability Manager, the incumbent is responsible for the development, implementation, review, evaluation and promotion of state-wide University of Tasmania sustainability projects and activities. The incumbent will apply sustainability principles to University practices and operations in an effort to improve sustainability performance.
The Sustainability Officer will function as a member of a team and undertake different roles at different times, including being a project leader and at other times being a supporting team member. The range of topics covered include: energy, transport, water, natural and built environments, carbon management, waste and resource recovery, procurement, and communications and engagement.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Officer/SIPS Coordinator:

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

The Sustainability Officer / Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS) Coordinator will be responsible for co-ordinating and implementing a range of projects directly involving students to deliver on University sustainability policies and initiatives. The incumbent will also oversee the implementation of the Green Impact engagement program institution-wide and participate in other projects as required.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office includes ongoing, fixed-term sustainability manager, officers and project officers, plus paid interns and fellows under the Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS). SIPS interns and fellows work on meaningful campus sustainability projects while applying the knowledge and skills gained at university.

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