The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) tracks pollution across Australia, ensuring the community has access to information about the emission and transfer of toxic substances which may affect them locally.
The desired environmental outcomes of the NPI program are to:
- maintain and improve air and water quality;
- minimise environmental impacts associated with hazardous waste; and
- improve the sustainable use of resources.
The University undertakes yearly data collection and provides the data to the National pollution inventory through the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy.
Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association Inc (TEFMA)
The University is a member of TEFMA, the pre-eminent organisation for the promotion and support of excellence in the management and development of the facilities portfolio in the Australasian tertiary education sector. Each year the University’s participates in the TEFMA sustainability performance benchmarking study to track performance against the sector.
Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS)
The University is a member of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). ACTS is the primary forum for sustainability in the Australian and New Zealand tertiary sectors.
ACTS aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability within the operations, curriculum and research of the Australasian tertiary education sector.
All UC staff can register for free to access resources, developmental tools and networking opportunities by simply registering their UC email address on the ACTS website.
The University is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Our Ann Harding Centre (Building 24) was the first five green star certified (design) education building in the ACT. By generating its electricity using photovoltaic solar panels it will have 62 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than a standard building. It also collects rainwater for use as irrigation and for toilet flushing.
The University became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration in 1997. The Talloires Declaration is a document containing the signatures of higher education institution leaders, pledging their respective University or College will become world leaders in developing, supporting and maintaining sustainability.
The Talloires Declaration was drafted at a conference of 22 universities in Talloires, France in 1990. The conference was convened by Jean Mayer, the then President of Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA. The registrar for the declaration is held by the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) organization, based in Washington DC, USA.