Leadership and Governance

TropEco Leadership and Governance

JCU's commitment to sustainability is embedded throughout JCU's leadership and governance structures. Sustainability is identified as a priority in the University Plan 2013 - 2017 and is a cornerstone of JCU's Strategic Intent:

"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."

The LiFE Index

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. Read More

Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC)

The purpose of the Committee is to provide leadership and make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on sustainability at all University sites.

The committee meets regularly and aims to develop strategy and policy for sustainability across the University and incorporate them into the University’s strategic objectives of Teaching & Learning, Research and Operations on all campuses and properties.


  • Ensure university activities are aligned with environmental, social and economic sustainability principles, strategies and policies.
  • Ensure the university addresses all relevant sustainability legislation, standards and agreements.
  • Establish and implement sustainability objectives, targets and associated action plans for the university and monitor and report against these
  • Benchmarking and Performance Indicators – establish and monitor key performance indicators for the University and benchmark with other like Institutions.
  • Set and monitor annual plan and reporting for the Sustainability Working Group

Nominations Invited for Student Representatives on the Sustainability Advisory Committee

The Sustainability Advisory Committee is currently calling for nominations from JCU students to join the Committee as Student Representatives. There are two positions available, a Student Representative from the Townsville campus and a Student Representative from Cairns.

How to nominate

If you would like to nominate to become a Student Representative on the Sustainability Advisory Committee, please complete the brief Nomination Form and send it to sustainability@jcu.edu.au by 5pm, 15 April.

Sustainability Action Group (SAG)

Purpose: The purpose of the SAG is to be a driver to enhance the sustainability of JCU, with a particular focus on environmental sustainability. The SAG will create and implement sustainability initiatives and ensure they are communicated and supported university wide. The SAG will consult with the Sustainability Advisory Committee on important matters that require the endorsement of senior management and the Vice Chancellor.

Embedding sustainability across all aspects of the University under the priority areas of Leadership & Governance, Partnership & Engagement, Learning, Teaching & Research, and  Facilities & Operations
Developing cross unit collaboration on sustainability initiatives
The LiFE Index will be used as the template for identifying priority areas and frameworks for action

Talloires Declaration

JCU signed the Talloires declaration on the 8th of March 2013,

Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration (TD) is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.