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Sustainable transport is broadly understood as transport that avoids or minimises adverse effects on the environment and the depletion of natural resources, and considers social justice, community health and economic development aspects.

The University of Tasmania is the second largest employer in Tasmania. Most people travel to our campuses in single-occupant vehicles. The University also manages its own vehicle fleet and uses outsourced vehicles for University business purposes for local and regional travel. Interstate and international travel is mostly by air travel.

Sustainable Transport Strategy

The University of Tasmania is committed to supporting staff and students to choose sustainable transport options and has developed a Sustainable Transport Strategy to guide and support investments and actions that deliver more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable transport outcomes and travel behaviours.

The University has had a Sustainable Transport Strategy since 2012. The Strategy provides information on transport practices within the University community and maps a plan towards more sustainable transport practices and outcomes. The strategy covers all UTAS campuses and facilities, and addresses transport issues for the whole UTAS community, including students, staff and visitors.

Carbon neutral certification

The University of Tasmania was the second University to be certified carbon neutral in Australia. Greenhouse gas emissions from University’s business travel and staff commuting are calculated, reported and offset. Choosing more sustainable travel options will contribute to reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Transport options and initiatives

UTAS Sustainability is committed to supporting staff and students to choose sustainable transport options to access UTAS facilities by:

  • Ride and car sharing
  • Public transport
  • Electric cars and bicycles
  • Cycling and walking
  • Virtual transport

More about sustainable transport options and initiatives

Sustainable transport data

The UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy includes a commitment to monitoring and reporting key indicators and evaluation, for which the University collects various data:

You can browse the list of completed Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS)  projects, grants and awards to find initiatives that have helped UTAS promote and increase sustainable transport modes.

  • Participate in the  Sustainability Integration Program for Students  (SIPS) with a sustainable transport related project.
  • You can play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport and improving your quality of life and your community’s through improved health outcomes associated with sustainable transport. Choosing a sustainable transport option will also help you reduce transport costs. When travelling to the University or between campuses, consider:
    • Ride sharing to minimise single occupant car travel
    • Riding a motorcycle/scooter
    • Using public transport (bus, train)
    • Using active transport modes (cycling and walking)
    • Videoconferencing
  • To support sustainable transport initiatives, please download this poster and display it in your area:

For more information on sustainable transport, contact