Our environmental ethos continues
While sound corporate governance that considers the environment is expected of organisations today, it is not always the case when it comes to corporate application. Griffith University remains committed to our founders' ideals of respecting and conserving our natural environment. An ethos of having the lowest possible impact upon natural areas when conducting our corporate activities remains fundamental to our organisation's operations today. This philosophy is embedded in our University's practices across all of our five campuses.
Our organisation's ambitious environmentally friendly beginnings over 40 years ago is something Griffith University remains proud of. However, one of the challenges for today's Griffith is to remain a pacesetter in corporate planning that is intrinsically linked to conserving the environment. One of the 5 key goals in our university's strategic plan is 'to be a sustainable university'. Our business practices from purchasing to transport use, from recycling to water use, from food services to energy use, are all designed and implemented with the intention of reducing our impact upon the environment.
For more on our organisation's environmental policy visit our sustainability home page.
In mid 2013, Griffith opened the Sir Samuel Griffith Building - the first Australian teaching and research facility to be powered by photovoltaics and hydrogen storage technology. Put simply, this innovatively designed building runs on solar energy and hydrogen. The Sir Samuel Griffith Building was awarded a 6 Star Green Star by the Green Energy Council of Australia. In another environmental initiative for 2013, Griffith and some of its partners received a Biodiversity Grant to restore natural vegetation and wildlife to an 8 hectare (80 000 square metres) area on the University's Logan campus.
Griffith University stands proudly on a track-record of preserving our natural areas and sustainable business practices. This is part of our story, and remains a large part of who we are today.