TropEco Leadership and Governance

Leadership and Governance

Sustainability is a foundational value and tenet of governance at JCU. It is a priority in the Statement of Strategic Intent and is embedded throughout the University's strategic policy and planning architecture including: the University Plan, the Academic Plan, and JCU’s Code of Conduct.

"Committed to the principles of sustainability, we will ensure that our actions today do not limit the range of social, cultural, environmental and economic options open to future generations."

JCU is also a university signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to the Talloires Declaration. You can read more about these commitments below.

The Sustainable Development Working Group supports implementation of JCU's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by assisting the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee in advancing the University's Sustainability Action Plan. This plan is currently in the development stage.

The Working Group comprises JCU students and staff and the functions of the Group include:

  • Driving the development, implementation and review of JCU's Sustainability Action Plan.
  • Acting as champions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Reporting on the University’s progress in implementing its commitment to the SDGs.
  • Promoting and supporting JCU’s TropEco program.

In 2016, JCU became the first university signatory to the University Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this commitment, JCU has agreed to:United Nations Goals

  • support and promote the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • undertake research that provides solutions to sustainable development challenges
  • provide the educational opportunity for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development
  • contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring our campuses and major programs are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, and
  • report on our activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a set of 17 aspirational goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. They were ratified by the United Nations on the 25 September 2015, as part of the UN Resolution Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They replace the previous Millennium Development Goals and include delivery of the targets set in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Index is a comprehensive performance improvement system developed specifically to help tertiary education institutions manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and sustainability performance.

Since 2013, JCU has been using the LiFE Index to benchmark, record and internally report on the organisation’s sustainability performance.

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JCU is also signatory to the Talloires Declaration, a ten point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this was the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education.