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Sustainability Committee

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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

Additional members may join for predetermined periods of time as required, to provide advice on specific matters.

Membership Terms

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).

Working Groups

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:

Working GroupGoal(s)Contact(s)

Data and Reporting

Ensure availability of timely and accurate sustainability data

  • Nathalie Henning, Advisor Strategy and Planning
  • Carmen Primo Perez, Senior Sustainability Officer

Targets and Indicators

Establish targets and indicators for the four goal areas in the Strategic Framework for Sustainability

  • Corey Peterson, Associate Director - 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.

  • Graham Wood, Lecturer in Philosophy / EfS CoP representative
  • Catherine Elliott, EfS CoP  Facilitator

Sustainable Food Systems

Establish a sustainable food culture at the University

  • Sandy Murray, Lecturer in Food, Nutrition and Public Health
  • Fred Gale, Professor in Politics and International Relations

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

  • Catherine Elliott, Senior Sustainability Officer
  • Corey Peterson, Associate Director Sustainability

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

  • Fred Gale, Professor in Politics and International Relations
  • Kim Beasy, Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy

Plastic Minimisation

Minimise petroleum-based single-use plastics use on campus

  • Corey Peterson, Associate Director Sustainability
  • Catherine Elliott, Senior Sustainability Officer

Cradle Coast Environmental Sustainability

Foster the interest and passion of staff and students for sustainability in the region and deliver outcomes

  • Jim Cavaye, Pro Vice-Chancellor Cradle Coast Region
  • Nick Towle, Chair

SDG Mapping and Implementation

Ensure that SDGs are integrated across all areas of the University

  • Leonie Ellis, Director Curriculum, Academic Division
  • Carmen Primo Perez, Senior Sustainability Officer
Climate JusticeTBC
  • Peter Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Jan Linehan,  Adjunct Researcher in Law

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 2022

Meeting #Meeting date/time
1Friday, 4 February 2022 / 10-11pm
2Friday, 25 March 2022 / 10-11pm
3Friday, 6 May 2022 / 10-11pm
4Friday, 24 June 2022 / 10-11pm
5Friday, 5 August 2022 / 10-11pm
6Friday, 16 September / 10-11pm
7Friday, 28 October / 10-11pm
8Friday, 2 December / 10-11pm


If you have any questions regarding the Sustainability Committee please contact Secretariat.