UQ Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025

Workshops with the UQ community underpin the new UQ Sustainability Strategy 2021–2025, which is currently in development and will guide the sustainability efforts of UQ over the coming years.

All UQ students and staff were invited to contribute to the development of the strategy through workshops or an online survey for those who were unable to attend in person.

Multiple workshops were held, including sessions run for students, by students. Workshops were conducted within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) sustainability performance measurement system

From the workshops and the online survey:

  • 1942 individual inputs were collected
  • 502 unique ideas were collated
  • the top three areas of priority for the UQ community were identified.

From this information, the drafted content of the strategy has been formed around the four key STARS categories: academics, engagement, operations and planning and administration. Actions in the draft strategy align to relevant SDGs with implementation measured via UQ’s participation in the STARS system.

As well as feeding into the development of the strategy, the data collected will be used for research purposes and is available to inform Action Plans.

The draft strategy is currently seeking final input from across UQ in preparation for seeking endorsement and will supersede the Sustainability Action Plan 2016-2020.

UQ Silver STARS sustainability performance

UQ has achieved an international Silver STARS rating for its sustainability performance which represents significant sustainability leadership placing UQ among a select group of global tertiary peers committed to delivering long-term sustainability goals.

The self-reporting framework allows UQ to monitor performance in detail across a broad range of metrics as well as network with other universities for continuous improvement.

UQ measures and reports sustainability performance annually using STARS and other internal metrics and is actively working towards increasing sustainability performance.

UQ Business School United Nations PRME

UQ Business School is a proud supporter and Advanced Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible management Education (UN PRME).

As a signatory since 2015, the Business School is committing to 8 goals by 2030 and 15 actions for impact by 2023.

UQ Business School’s ‘Business for Better’: Report on Progress 2020, shows significant alignment between UN PRME and UQ Business School.

PRME is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact founded in 2007 as a platform to encourage and increase awareness and integration of sustainability in business schools around the world.