Terms of Reference
The Sustainability Committee plays a key role in enabling the achievement of the University’s sustainability objectives through the University of Tasmania Strategic Framework for Sustainability. The Committee will perform this role through:
- Providing high-level direction and advice on environmental, social and economic sustainability across the University, including assessing and developing advice on matters of policy, strategy and planning to achieve sustainable outcomes for the University and broader community, including in relation to:
- facilities and operations
- learning, teaching and research
- partnerships and engagement
- leadership and governance.
- Reviewing and monitoring progress against the objectives and goals of the University of Tasmania Strategic Framework for Sustainability and providing guidance on further actions and initiatives to achieve these objectives.
- Promoting a culture of continuous improvement in sustainability through identification and sharing of actions and initiatives that embed sustainability principles and deliver positive outcomes across Colleges and Divisions.
The Executive Sponsor of the Sustainability Committee is the Chief Operating Officer, who will notify key initiatives to the University Executive team (and through to University Council committees as appropriate).
A Sustainability Steering Group will actively engage with the work of the Committee, and will consist of:
- the Vice Chancellor
- the Provost
- the Chief Operating Officer
- the Chair; and
- the Deputy Chair.
- The Sustainability Committee will consult with the relevant academic and research committees on sustainability initiatives that affect curriculum and research.
- The Sustainability Committee will consult with other relevant committees on sustainability initiatives that affect other areas.
- The Sustainability Committee will advise Colleges and Divisions across the University on internal sustainability matters and initiatives.
- Sustainability Mission Integrator
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) or delegate
- Academic Executive Director or delegate
- Chief Marketing Officer or delegate
- Chief Financial Officer or delegate
- Chief People Officer or delegate
- Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Arts, Law and Education
- Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Business and Economics
- Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Health and Medicine
- Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - College of Science and Engineering
- Executive Deans/Chief Executive or delegate - University College
- Executive Director, Student Experience or delegate
- Executive Director, Corporate Affairs or delegate
- Executive Director, Infrastructure Services and Development or delegate
- Education for Sustainability Community of Practice representative
- Riawunna representative
- Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) - 2 representatives (e.g., President, Environmental Officer, Equity Officer, Postgraduate representative, preferably one South, one North)
Where delegates attend meetings on behalf of named member positions, in order to fulfill the mandate of the Committee to provide a conduit for reporting and oversight, the delegate should be in a leadership role within that organisational unit.
Chair and Deputy Chair
To be appointed by the Vice Chancellor.
Initial appointment for two years of the Sustainability Mission Integrator to the role of Chair and a senior academic as Deputy Chair.
Secretariat will be provided by Infrastructure Services and Development.
Dr Carmen Primo Perez is the Secretary to the Sustainability Committee.
Additional members may join for predetermined periods of time as required, to provide advice on specific matters.
Members, other than student representatives, will be appointed to the Committee for a period of two years (renewable). Student representatives will be members for a period of one year, coinciding with their roles as elected Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) and postgraduate student representatives.
The Chair, in conjunction with the Executive Sponsor, may from time to time co-opt members (to a maximum of two) whose expertise, background or current work are especially relevant to the Committee for a period of up to one year (renewable).
The Chair may also include invitees for consideration of relevant agenda items.
Mode of Operation
The Sustainability Committee will at minimum have five scheduled meetings per year. Further meetings can be added as required, at the discretion of the Chair.
Quorum is 10 members (including the Chair and/or Deputy Chair).
Specific initiatives may be progressed through Working Groups of the Committee, which will operate with Committee oversight (e.g. to address regional campus issues). While some working groups are quite specific in membership, others are open to interested parties that want to help deliver sustainable change across the breadth of sustainability areas. Current Working Groups include:
Data and Reporting
Ensure availability of timely and accurate sustainability data
Targets and Indicators
Establish targets and indicators for the four goal areas in the Strategic Framework for Sustainability
Education for Sustainability Community of Practice (EfS CoP)
Ensure that Education for Sustainability principles are integrated across all areas of the University.
The Education for Sustainability Tasmania network, a UN recognised Regional Centre for Expertise, reports to the University of Tasmania via the EfS CoP working group.
Sustainable Food Systems
Establish a sustainable food culture at the University
Students for Sustainability
Provide support for student leaders working to integrate sustainability through University experience for students in operations, research, teaching and learning, community engagement
Global Climate Change Week
Encourage academic communities – including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities in all disciplines and countries – to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions
Minimise petroleum-based single-use plastics use on campus
Cradle Coast Environmental Sustainability
Foster the interest and passion of staff and students for sustainability in the region and deliver outcomes
SDG Mapping and Implementation
Ensure that SDGs are integrated across all areas of the University
Appointment of Members
In appointment of members, gender-balanced representation is the goal (maximum 60% representation for any gender) as is having multi campus representation.
The Sustainability Committee Terms of Reference was approved by the Sustainability Steering Group on 23 November 2020.
Please click the link below to download the template for the Sustainability Committee papers or for Working Groups reporting.
Meeting Dates 2021
|Meeting #||Meeting date/time||Papers due to Secretary|
|1||Thursday, 11 February 2021 / 10-12pm||Wednesday, 27 January 2021|
|2||Thursday, 29 April 2021 / 10-12pm||Monday, 12 April 2021|
|3||Thursday, 15 July 2021 / 10-12pm||Monday, 28 June 2021|
|4||Friday, 24 September 2021 / 10-12pm||Friday, 10 September 2021|
|5||Thursday, 16 December 2021 / 10-12pm||Monday, 29 November 2021|
If you have any questions regarding the Sustainability Committee please contact Secretariat.