Our commitment to sustainability
Harnessing free thinking to unlock solutions
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. From protecting biodiversity on campus and reducing our energy consumption, to delivering research outputs with a global impact, sustainability is embedded into the fabric of our university.
Today, we continue to support new ways of thinking so that future generations inherit a healthier world.
Goals and commitments
Universities have a responsibility to equip the next generation of ethical leaders and innovators to understand global challenges and the role they play in rising to meet them. We welcome this responsibility and in March 2019, we became the first Western Australian university to sign the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Signing the SDGs is a natural fit for Murdoch as these priorities align with our Strategic Plan, which outlines our guiding principles of equity and social justice, opportunity, sustainability and global responsibility.
The 17 SDGs are a shared global framework of priorities and targets that aim to tackle some of our world’s most demanding issues, including:
- end extreme poverty
- promote prosperity and wellbeing
- protect the environment
- address climate change
- encourage good governance, peace and security.
Our teaching and research priorities facilitate student engagement in all 17 of the SDGs. By signing the University Commitment, we further strengthen our resolve to help improve our world, through our research, teaching and operations.
Our impact snapshot:
Our research outputs are mapped to the SDGs, with our key research themes centring on food security, sustainable development and health future to provide life-changing solutions to complex world challenges. Check out the Research Repository to read how our researchers are contributing to the knowledge base in the SDGs.
Around 83 of the 227 hectares of our Perth campus are protected as natural, undeveloped reserve areas managed for their biodiversity values, as well as 'living laboratories' for teaching, learning and research.
Through policy and on-the-ground work, we maintain campus biodiversity to protect our resident populations of Southern Brown Bandicoots (quendas) and endangered black cockatoos and to manage fire risk.
Our investment in solar power and energy saving technology in lighting, air conditioning and cooling have reduced our energy consumption by 26 per cent in the last four years, with more to come.
Plans are currently underway for a major renewable energy project at our main campus. The four stage District Energy Project includes plans to pilot a peer to peer energy trading system utilising blockchain technologies.
As the first Australian university to offer a new flexible admission system, we pioneered access to a university education for people from diverse backgrounds.
Students learn about sustainability in many of our courses either as an explicit focus or a theme within units.
We developed our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Talent Register to support the Reconciliation Action Plan and our commitment to increasing employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
Our researchers and academic staff are remain a valuable source of information and specialist knowledge when the media, business and industry are seeking an expert.
Join us at our events to learn more about courses, research and life at Murdoch. There’s a range of events throughout year, both on and off campus, where you can meet our students and chat with staff. From our biggest annual event, Open Day, to smaller bespoke events such as seminars and tree planting days, there’s something for everyone.
Study and research
Whether you’re ready to pursue your first degree or a PhD, we have a broad range of courses and research opportunities to help you make a difference. We provide a range of entry pathways and support services so no matter where you are in your path to university, we can help. Explore our courses to find the one that’s right for you.
Walks and trails
Explore the Banksia Woodland Reserve on our three walk trails or visit Chelodina Wetland, which are home a wide range of WA native wildflowers and trees. Learn about the Nyungar use of the woodlands, or record your sightings of native animals and plants on the Climate Watch (including the recording sheet or app.