University of Tasmania Sustainability Bulletin 13 2020

sustainability bulletin University of Tasmania

ISSUE 13 April 2020

Green House Gas Emission update

Green Impact Staff Engagement Program

AT A GLANCE

Our positive impacts on show Based on 2019 data, UTAS submitted information for 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings. We are pleased to note that we achieved a score of 88.5 out of 100 that shows the positive impacts on our communities and globally of our efforts at 47 out of the 766 participating institutions. Significantly, our attainment of #3 of 376 on Climate Action (SDG13) based on our strength in climate-related research, our certified carbon neutral status and our environmental education activities as well as Tasmania’s relatively low carbon energy supply. We also delivered well at #11 of 242 and #14 of 470 in the Life below Water (SDG14) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11), respectively. We achieved in the top 100 across another six SDGs and in the top 200 in another four. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Black notes that in an era of pressing global challenge, it was critical not to lose sight of climate change as one of the greatest facing society. “Tasmania has environmental values that are of global significance and, as islanders, we have obligations of stewardship. As we think about that stewardship and the broader task of being sustainable, we are guided in our thinking by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This outcome in the Times Higher Education impact rankings are an endorsement of the fine work our researchers, students and staff are doing across the institution.” This demonstrates that while there is always more we can do, we have achieved much together that should be celebrated as we advance the University’s new Strategic Framework for Sustainability to guide our ongoing efforts.

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