On-Campus Innovation for Sustainability: Evolution of Sustainable Development on the Joondalup Campus, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia
John Renner Abstract Purpose: Sustainability and its close equivalent, sustainable development, are now part of global thinking and local action. This paper examines policies and practices surrounding sustainability on a new campus of an Australian university, 25 kilome- ters north of Perth City. Though the focus of the paper is local, guidelines may be drawn from the paper for application on any other university campus. Design/methodology/approach: This is a sequential study covering twenty-five years of development and illustrating how on-campus action for sustainability reflected changing environmental priorities. Findings: The paper attempts to profile the current on-campus achievements for sustainability and to highlight opportunities for the future, recognizing that action for sustainability will last for the life of the campus. Originality/value: Although the paper focuses on the principles of sustainability and their application on one small part of the globe, the policies and practices discussed provide a frame of reference for other campuses world-wide. Preamble “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compro- mising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED Report 1987: 87) “It has been said that our biggest challenge in the 21st century is to take an idea that seems abstract, sustainable development, and turn it into a daily reality for all the world’s people.” (Kofi Annan 2001) 128 John Renner The purpose of this paper is to report progress towards sustainability on one university campus in Australia. It chronicles the evolution of sustainability prac- tices from scratch on...
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