Towards the UN Sustainability Goals: What we did in 2019

Jason White, Ed Maher, Amanda Shepherd, Leonie Worley

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    Abstract

    Enduring one of the most horrific Australian summers in living memory has issued a stark reminder about the importance of continued investment and leadership in the areas of sustainability and resilience. The drought, catastrophic bushfires, hailstorms, floods and the hottest summer on record are evidence of the need for ongoing climate change adaptation.

    Universities have a crucial role to play not only in times of crisis but for the long term, both in minimising our own footprint and in leading our nation’s minds to develop solutions for a planet that is warming up.

    Charles Sturt University, and other regional universities located in areas that have borne the brunt of recent natural disasters, are equipped with on-the-ground research relevant to climate adaptation and to community resilience. We must continue to build on this research and activate it within our communities.
    Sustainability is critical not only in university operations and research; our biggest contribution is through our graduates. Charles Sturt graduates will influence their communities and industries for generations to come.

    We must ensure we build sustainability and resilience into their education, no matter what discipline they study. Universities cannot be bystanders, hands-off in the face of the global changes we are already experiencing. We must be hands-on, providing people with skills, ideas and hope to meet the challenges we all face.

    This report outlines Charles Sturt University's progress towards the UN Sustainability Goals for the year of 2019.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherCharles Sturt University
    Number of pages29
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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