Talloires Declaration

On 14 August 2009 The University of Queensland became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration for sustainability in higher education, affirming its commitment to attaining best environmental performance and embedding sustainability into all aspects of University life.

The Talloires Declaration has been signed by more than 400 university leaders in more than 50 countries since it was composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France.  The Declaration includes a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

More information on the Talloires Declaration
View the Talloires Declaration

Universitas 21 Statement on Sustainability

UQ became a signatory to the Universitas 21 Statement on Sustainability in May 2009. In doing this, the University, with the other members of U21, affirmed its recognition of statement’s commitments concerning the leadership of universities in progressing global sustainable development.

The Statement on Sustainability includes 5 commitments to guide the University as a leader in this field.  U21 Statement on Sustainability

UQ’s Response

Through a variety of committees, working groups and programs, UQ is striving to achieve its commitments under the Talloires Declaration and U21 Statement.  An analysis, identifying the gaps between UQ’s current sustainability initiatives and programs and the requirements of these commitments was initially completed and action plans developed.

These documents are reviewed regularly by the Sustainability Steering Committee to track our progress towards the objectives of the Talloires Declaration and U21 Statement.

 UQ’s actions that work towards meeting these commitments include:

·         Established a working group for sustainability in teaching and learning.
·         Established a working group for engagement in sustainability.


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