TropEco Leadership and Governance

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 2018 - 2022 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 Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) 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

Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)

The purpose of the SDWG is to realise the Sustainable Development Goal Implementation Plan for JCU by embedding relevant actions related to the SDG's across the university. The SDWG will consult with the Sustainability Advisory Committee on important matters that require the endorsement of senior management and the Vice Chancellor.

The gorup will embed sustainability across all aspects of the University under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals as relevant to JCU in teaching, learning, research, governance, operations, partnerships and engagement.

Sustainable Development Goals

JCU is a signatory to the Australia/Pacific Regional Network of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN Aus/Pac) University Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 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.

As a first step towards realising our commitment, JCU is planning on holding a workshop early in 2017 to map out what the SDGs mean for the University and what implementation could look like.

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.