Strategies for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of an Australian University

Kevin Parton, William Adlong, Edward Maher

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The paper reviews both the development of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions of universities around the world, and government policy in Australia for reducing emissions. Then the approach taken by one university in Australia, Charles Sturt University (CSU), is placed within this overall context, as it moves to achieve neutrality in greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon-reduction targets that were developed by CSU are discussed, and its role as a community leader demonstrating exemplary practice in the carbon-reduction process is examined. Conclusions are presented about whether CSU and universities around the world are likely to meet the reduction schedule called for by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and others. An important function of a successful carbon reduction strategy is its ability to establish a culture of sustainability and sense of norms that staff and students of universities will enshrine, and that students will carry into their future workplaces. This is a significant influence that the universities can have on achieving a more sustainable world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-374
Number of pages14
JournalThe International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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