The following achievements showcase Western's commitment to Environmental Sustainability throughout its operations.

Times Higher Education Impact rankings 2023 - Number 1 in the world.

  • 1st in the world for SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals
  • 2nd in the world for SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 15 Life on Land
  • 3rd in the world for SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
  • 4th in the world for SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 5th in the world for SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 7th in the world for SDG 13 Climate Action (opens in a new window)

Green Gown Awards Australasia - Winner 2023

Setting outstanding targets for mitigation, adaptation and engagement to address Climate Change, and well on their way to meeting them, Western Sydney University was announced as winner of the Climate Action award for co-designing towards Climate Positive initiatives.

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Green Gown Australasia Winner 2023

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Climate Active Carbon Neutral Certification 2023

Western Sydney University first achieved carbon neutral certification (PDF, 532.13 KB) (opens in a new window) for its business operations under the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standards for Organisations for CY 2022

Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Business Operations

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Sustainability Advantage Bronze Partner 2023

Western Sydney University was recognised for its achievements and demonstrated commitment in business sustainability, joined by many outstanding organisations celebrating their inspired work tackling climate change, reducing emissions and modelling circular economy.

Sustainability Advantage Bronze Partner

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Creating Canopies 2022/2023

Western committed to the NSW Government’s Creating Canopies, partnering with Greater Sydney Landcare. 15,000 indigenous plants were installed in Hawkesbury’s paddocks to assist in increasing Biodiversity on the campus.

Creating Canopies Greater Sydney Landcare
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Race to Zero 2021

In late 2021, Western Sydney University joined the United Nations-led 'Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges' global pledge to fast-track carbon neutrality targets to address climate change.

Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges

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100% GreenPower 2021

The University started purchasing 100% GreenPower from 1 July 2021.

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Green Gown Awards 2023 Australasia - Video submission