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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

Executive Sponsor

The Executive Sponsor of the Sustainability Committee is the Chief Operating Officer, who will notify the University Executive team of key initiatives (and forward to the University Council committees, including the Built Environment and Infrastructure Committee, as appropriate).

Sustainability Steering Group

A Sustainability Steering Group will actively engage with the work of the Committee. The Sustainability Steering Group includes:

  • 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 also advise Colleges and Divisions across the University on internal sustainability matters and initiatives.


Chair and Deputy Chair

The Chair and Deputy Chair are to be appointed by the Committee every two years.

ChairProfessor Margaret OtlowskiPro Vice-Chancellor (Culture and Wellbeing)August 2019 to August 2021
Deputy ChairMr Corey PetersonSustainability ManagerAugust 2019 to August 2021


Secretariat will be provided by Infrastructure Services and Development.

Doctor 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 Union 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.

Specific initiatives may be progressed through Working Groups of the Committee, which will operate with Committee oversight (e.g. to address regional campus issues.)

Quorum is 8 members (including the Chair and/or Deputy Chair).

Appointment of Members

There are two goals in the appointment of members:

  1. inclusive, gender-balanced representation, with a maximum 60% representation for either gender
  2. multi campus representation

The Sustainability Committee Terms of Reference was approved by the University Executive Team on 9 August 2019.


Please click the link below to download the template for the Sustainability Committee papers.

Sustainability Committee Paper Template

Meeting Dates 2020

  • Thursday, 6 February 2020
  • Thursday, 23 April 2020
  • Thursday, 9 July 2020
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020
  • Thursday, 10 December 2020


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