JCU respects our relationship with the natural environment and its life-sustaining ecosystems and recognises the need to maintain and restore a rich biodiversity. The University acknowledges the adverse impacts that human activity can impose and takes actions to prevent degradation of our natural systems, while supporting the repair and recovery of those systems. The University commits to the following principles and practices:
- Fostering the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources by “treading lightly”
- Managing, monitoring and measuring environmental performance and establishing objectives and targets to minimise these impacts.
- Communicating our environmental performance to Stakeholders through the EHS Meeting and Report. Reducing the consumption of resources associated with operations (e.g. energy, water, paper).
- Minimising waste production and maximising the amount reused and recycled.
- Considering environmental aspects in the procurement of products and services through vendor selection and endeavouring to ensure suppliers/contractors meet high standards of environmental performance.
- Ensuring that all new capital works programs incorporate comprehensive environmental sustainability initiatives.
- Committing to the principles of pollution prevention and continual improvement.
- Recognising that all staff have a responsibility to assist the University to meet the commitments in this policy.
- Empowering staff to minimise our environmental impacts through raising staff awareness and encouraging participation in environmental management practices (particularly through the Earth Hour and Environmental Week).
- Working closely with our employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, students and the community to develop and implement environmental initiatives.
- Providing leadership to the community and industry by demonstrating best practice methods of delivering sustainable initiatives.
- Complying with ISO14001: 2015 Environmental Management System with all relevant and applicable environmental registration and regulation.
- Relevant policy are documented, implemented and maintained. Communicating this policy to all employees, contractors and other stakeholders as well as making this policy available to the general public. Policies are reviewed regularly to ensure that it remains relevant and appropriate to the University for continuous improvement.
- Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity at our campuses and sites, particularly in natural areas.
- This policy will be available to all University stakeholders.